CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to be cautious if they are filing their taxes at the last minute or awaiting a tax refund.
"The April 15 tax day deadline is quickly approaching, and scammers may be looking to take advantage of those who have still not yet filed. Consumers who have received or expect to receive a tax refund also must stay alert to protect themselves from identity theft," said Attorney General Morrisey. "Scammers have been known to file fraudulent refund claims using another person's identity, which ends up victimizing innocent citizens."
Morrisey offered the following tips to consumers to help them avoid becoming a victim of identity theft:
If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 and/or the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 to ensure you are not a part of a tax-related scam.