CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WHSV) -- The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is warning citizens of a tax scam where citizens are reporting that their taxes were filed by someone else.
“Our Consumer Protection Division has received numerous calls and written complaints from citizens who are rightly concerned that someone else has already filed taxes using their name and Social Security number,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
According to the Attorney General's office, scammers are using common-tax preparation software to submit fake tax returns. They will use a modest salary and an average refund amount in order to not raise suspicions. The scammers will then have the refunds deposited to a pre-paid debit card or store gift card for each fake filing.
“This scam is scary for taxpayers who, through no fault of their own, have their identities stolen by cybercriminals,” Morrisey said. “But it’s also important for citizens to remember that if there is a problem with their taxes, neither the state tax department nor the IRS will ever initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone, email, or text and ask them for personal or financial information. Consumers should report any tax impersonation scams immediately.”