Elderly targeted for scams during tax season

Updated: Mar. 31, 2017 at 5:44 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Alabama Better Business Bureau says the elderly are becoming tax time targets. As we get closer to the end of the tax season they say now is the prime time for scams.

The Better Business Bureau says when you file your return and the IRS says it has already received one from you, then your identity has probably been stolen.

Elizabeth Garcia of the Better Business Bureau says, "File a police report so that you have a report on record that this is the situation. Number two, if it's tax identity theft you can call the IRS tax fraud hotline and they can give you additional steps to follow in order to recover your identity with the IRS. If your social security number has been compromised which we know is the key to filing your tax return, make sure it call the social security office, let them know, so that steps can be taken there."

The Better Business Bureau says you should also contact credit reporting agencies to check your credit score.

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