Nearly all tax fraud begins with identity theft. Once identity thieves have obtained your personal information, they complete a tax return in your name and social security number with false W-2 statements. They request that the tax refund be deposited into their bank account, not yours.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is taking new precautions to prevent, detect, and resolve identity theft and tax refund fraud. You can protect yourself from becoming a victim by minimizing your risk of identity theft and watching out for the signs of suspicious activity before it's too late.
Be on the lookout for identity theft if you receive a notice from the IRS or tax professional that tells you:
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft and tax return fraud:
For more information on taxpayer identity theft, please visit IRS.gov.
Please contact Member Services at 804-323-6800 or 800-285-6609 if you have questions, or believe your identity may be compromised.