Scammers steal Greenfield man's ID, tax refund

CREATED Feb. 26, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 9, 2013

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GREENFIELD - A man from Greenfield had his identity and tax refund stolen by scammers.

"Both my federal and my state taxes were rejected," explained Rick to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.  He's keeping his last name private to protect his identity.

He told Jodi that the thief filed a phony tax return in his name in March, but only discovered the crime when he tried to file with TurboTax over the weekend.

Since then, it's been phone calls and paperwork to try and mop up the mess.

"The person filed the taxes and claimed the tax refund of $8,800-plus."

He said his refunds are never that high, and that the IRS is helping him get his real refund back, but that it would take about six months to make that happen.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said in February that more people are complaining that when they go to file a return, someone has already filed in their name.

Officials say citizens should report any evidence of fraudulent filing immediately.

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Click here for Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection tips on preventing tax filing fraud.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker, Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press contributed to this report.