People in Portsmouth fall victim to tax scam
PORTSMOUTH - Police say 10 to 15 people in Portsmouth have fallen victim to a tax scam.
First scammers steal your personal information - name, birth date, and social security number. They use all of that, along with fake employment information, to create a bogus tax return so they can get their hands on your refund.
You only find out that you've been scammed after you file your return and the IRS tells you someone, claiming to be you, has already filed and taken your refund.
Police say all of the Portsmouth victims say they were among the nearly 668,000 people whose personal info was stolen in the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield data breech in February. Police say it's unclear if there's a connection.
One way to avoid the scam is to file early, before the thieves do. It's too late to do that this year, but keep that in mind next year.