Category: California News

Sacramento, California - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is alerting Californians to the threat of tax-related identity theft and issuing tips on how consumers can protect themselves during the tax filing process.

Tax-related identity theft commonly occurs when thieves send phishing emails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), asking for personal information or including links to official-looking web sites.  Thieves may also use stolen personal information to file tax returns in someone else’s name in order to obtain a refund.

Tax Season Safety Tips


Internal Revenue Service

Identity theft:, 1-800-908-4490

Tax scams: 

Identity Protection PIN:

California Franchise Tax Board

Identity theft:  

ID Theft Resolution Coordinator Web information: 916-845-3669

California Attorney General

Identity Theft Protection and First Aid:  

Two-Step Authentication