ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Thieves have more ammunition to steal tax returns and collect your refund.
IRS said identity thefts are up 66 percent from last year. It's now the
agency's No. 1 priority. All thieves need to steal your identity is
your name, address and your social security number.
"Here you see
phone numbers, names and cities of people. There's about 10 million of
these. You have account numbers, email addresses, passwords and password
codes for 40 million people here," said Vinny Troia as he pointed to
the characters of information scrolling on his computer screen. He's an
ethical hacker and information security expert at Night Lion Security in
Businesses hire him to find the flaws before the
hackers do. "When companies are breached the data that was stolen will
end up on the internet," he said.
Hackers used stolen security
numbers to file thousands of tax returns. They collected $4 billion from
the IRS in 2012. The IRS is trying to stop the hackers. Three thousand
more agents are looking for thieves. The agency is issuing personalized
pin numbers to American so they are personally verified when they file
The IRS said protect your online tax return with a complicated password. It's hard for hackers to break it.
your efile off your computer after you filed it. Put it on a hard drive
or flash drive. Call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at
800-908-4490 if you've been a victim.
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