Friday, April 13, 2018

FBI warns of organized burglary, identity theft rings

Federal agents are warning the public about organized burglary and identity theft rings. A gang in south Florida is targeting women parked at fitness centers, parks and day cares; smashing car windows, stealing what's inside; and then assuming their victims' identities and withdrawing money. Police say they are making $60,000 per week.

 April 17 is this year’s tax deadline in the US. This means many tax identity theft scams are underway. In 2017, the IRS received nearly 600,000 tax returns with confirmed identity theft, and 242,000 taxpayers reported to the IRS they were a victim of identity theft. Tax identity theft occurs when a scammer uses the victim's Social Security number to file a tax return and collect the refund.
In Canada break-ins at Canada Post community mailboxes is increasing. Police say suspected mail thefts should be reported to police and to Canada Post, and anyone who believes they may be a victim of identity theft should contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

To prevent being a victim one should collect mail daily and use a hold mail service to suspend delivery if you will be away. Shred any documents containing financial information, such as bank statements and credit card offers.