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Identity Thieves Are Running the Same Scams This Tax Season — With a New Twist

Feb 20, 2018 Business Insider

February 20, 2018

Tax scammers are a creative bunch.

The IRS keeps track of the most common tax-related crimes, and the list is long and varied.

The latest tax scam Americans need to watch out for, according to the IRS, is a twist on an old favorite: filing a fake tax return with stolen personal information, like your Social Security number.

But this time, scammers aren’t keeping the fraudulent tax refund for themselves. At least not at first.

After filing the fake tax return, identity thieves are using taxpayers’ actual bank account information to have the refund deposited — then, they call to collect…