Category: National News

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission will conduct a week of events January 26-30 to raise consumer awareness about the threat posed by tax identity theft, a scam that puts thousands of consumers at risk every year.

Tax identity theft typically happens when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using another individual’s social security number, receiving a refund electronically. A consumer typically discovers they have been a victim of tax identity theft when they go to file their own tax return, only to be informed by the Internal Revenue Service that a return has already been filed in their name.

This year’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week will include:

In addition to these events, the FTC has created a wide array of materials to help educate consumers about this growing issue, all of which can be found at The materials are in multiple languages, and also feature ways in which consumers can share information about tax identity theft with their friends and families.