Florida Attorney General Issues Scam Warning

Florida Attorney General Issues Scam Warning

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi urges Floridians to use caution when filing tax returns and to be aware of identity theft and tax-related scams.

“I encourage Floridians to educate themselves on identity theft and tax-related scams before filing their tax returns,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “If anyone encounters possible theft or fraud, they should contact my office immediately by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.”

Below are tips to avoid identity theft and tax fraud:

· File tax returns early. The IRS will reject a return if one is already filed with that social security number;
· Ask for credentials of the tax preparer, and ask if he or she belongs to a state board or bar association that requires continuing education;
· Do not provide your social security number unless it is required;
· Do not carry your social security card or write it on checks;
· Shred financial documents and papers before discarding them;
· Be wary of providing sensitive information via the Internet;
· Do not respond to e-mails asking for information relating to tax refunds. The IRS’ website is the legitimate source for checking on refund status; and
· Check credit report every 12 months.

Consumers should file complaints about tax-related scams and any other types of fraud by calling the Attorney General’s fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226), or by filing a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.

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