Tax filers seeing increase in identity theft - WNEM TV 5

Tax filers seeing increase in identity theft

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Imagine going to file your taxes and learning that someone else already did it for you. It's happening more and more often as many Mid-Michigan residents are finding they are the victims of identity theft.

Kristine Kabobel has filed her taxes by pen and paper for more than two decades. She says that she simply doesn't trust newer filing methods.

"I'm just very leery in putting my personal numbers in electronic filing," says Kabobel.

Kristine may have a point. An IRS report states that the agency has investigated and confirmed more than 28 thousand cases of fraud in 2014.

In Saginaw County, officials say they are investigating three reports of fraud this year.

Meanwhile, Saginaw County Sheriff, Bill Federspiel says that he's on the job fighting for Saginaw residents.

"The one thing I want Saginaw to know is that we are here and we work for the people," says Federspiel.

This year, a report by the IRS identified more than $385 million in fraudulent refunds claimed this year.

The problem reaches far beyond Mid-Michigan. The Indiana State Medical Association says more than a hundred doctors have filed taxes, only to find out someone is using their names and social security numbers.

Both the IRS and Indiana Attorney General's office are looking into the scam.

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