With the due date for filing you federal income tax return rapidly approaching, many people are filing their taxes at this time with almost 94% of individual income tax returns being filed electronically.  TurboTax is a popular online tax preparation service and so identity thieves will take advantage of that popularity and call people posing as TurboTax employees informing the targeted victim that his or her electronically filed income tax return has been rejected by the IRS.  The identity thief then attempts to lure you into providing personal information including your Social Security number that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft.

In order to make their call appear legitimate, the identity thieves will use a technique called “spoofing” to manipulate your Caller ID so that the call looks like it has come from TurboTax.

TIPS

As I often say, trust me, you can’t trust anyone, particularly someone who asking for you to provide sensitive personal information.  In this case it is important to note that TurboTax will not call you if your tax return has been rejected unless you have specifically requested a call.  If you do receive such a call and think that it might be legitimate, merely hang up and call TurboTax at its customer service number of 1-800-446-8848.

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