Today, in 1913, the IRS started collecting taxes. We are in the middle of tax season now and it’s more important than ever to be aware of methods being used by criminals to commit fraud and identity theft. I’ve listed some interesting statistics and IRS resources for our readers below.
Per the “Wall Street Journal” identity theft cases have grown to represent one quarter of all IRS criminal investigations, with most containing a cyber element.
- In fiscal year (FY) 2011, 6% of all IRS criminal investigations involved identity theft.
- In FY 2012: 19%
- In FY 2013: 28%
- In FY 2014: 25%
This information was in the WSJ 5/16/15 “US News Section” if you would like to read more from that article.
Per the IRS, there has been a 400% surge in ‘phishing’ and malware incidents so far this tax season (as of 3/7/16 per the IRS web site).
To learn more about these incidents and how to prevent them, go the IRS web site at https://irs.gov and see “Hot Topics,” “Phishing and Tax Scams,” and the “Protect Your ID” tabs.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command