It would not surprise me if a victim of tax ID theft would also need to deal with credit theft. Consumers can check their credit reports regularly for accounts that do not belong to them.
All this week, the FTC and its partners will host free events to share information about recognizing, avoiding and recovering from the scams and scammers that we see most often during tax season. We’ll ask things like:
How does tax identity theft happen?
How is it related to other types of identity theft?
If your personal information has been exposed in a data breach, are you at greater risk?
Can you lessen your chances of experiencing tax identity theft? And, if it happens, how do you recover?
For the basics, join us today for our kick-off event, a half-hour webinar hosted by the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Have questions? Call them in during either of two telephone-town hall meetings this Wednesday the 5th, co-hosted by AARP, the FTC, and the U.S. Treasury Department. Or, send them to us during Thursday, February 6th’s Twitter chat.