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Identity Theft Alert

With tax season upon us, the Olathe Police Department wants to alert you to a type of identity theft that often happens this time of year, tax-related identity theft. This occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Many people don’t realize they are a victim until they file their taxes and are alerted that a return has already been filed. If you think you are a victim of tax-related identity theft:

-File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission atwww.identitytheft.gov or the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261.

-Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a ‘fraud alert’ on your credit records:

-Equifax, www.Equifax.com, 1-800-525-6285
-Experian, www.Experian.com, 1-888-397-3742
-TransUnion, www.TransUnion.com, 1-800-680-7289

-Close any accounts opened without your permission or tampered with.

If your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, take these additional steps:

-Respond immediately to any IRS notice; call the number provided

-Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. Use a fillable form atIRS.gov, print, then mail or fax according to instructions.

-Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper.

To reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

-Don’t carry your Social Security Card

-Don’t give businesses your SSN just because they ask-only when it is absolutely necessary

-Check your credit report annually

-Don’t give out personal information over the phone, through mail, or the internet unless you initiated contact or are sure you know who you are talking with.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

 

For more tips to protect yourself this tax season visit:http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation —...
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The Olathe Police Department participates in the annual Benchmark Cities Survey along with 29 other police agencies across the country.  Established in 1997 by a group of police chiefs from around the country, the survey compiles a variety of information about the different participating agencies and is utilized as a benchmark to ensure the Olathe Police Department is providing the best services we can to citizens.  For questions about the survey, please contact the Public Information Sergeant at 913-971-7500.

 

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