How to protect yourself
monitor your progress
ItemHow To TrackTips
Telephone CallsCreate a log of all telephone calls.
- Record the date of each call and the names and telephone numbers of everyone you contact.
- Prepare your questions before you call. Write down the answers.
Postal MailSend letters by
certified mail. Ask for a return receipt.
DocumentsCreate a filing
- Keep all originals.
- Send copies of your documents and reports, not originals. Make copies of your identification to include in letters.
DeadlinesMake a timeline.
List important dates, including when:
- You must file requests
- A company must respond to you
- You must send follow-up
Diffrent types of idenity theift
The IRS uses your Social Security Number (SSN) to make sure your filing is accurate and complete, and that you get any refund you are due. Identity theft can affect how your tax return is processed. An unexpected notice or letter from the IRS could alert you that someone else is using your SSN, however, the IRS doesn't start contact with a taxpayer by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information. If you get an email that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click on any links. Instead, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
steps you can take
- Contact the Internal Revenue Service.
IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit
- Report the fraud.
- Send a copy of your police report or an IRS ID Theft Affidavit Form 14039 [PDF] and proof of your identity, such as a copy of your Social Security card, driver’s license or passport.
- Update your files.
- Record the dates you made calls or sent letters.
- Keep copies of letters in your files.
Child idenity theift
A child's Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live. Check for a credit report to see if your child’s information is being misused. Take immediate action if it is.
Medical Idenity theift
A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care. If the thief’s health information is mixed with yours, your treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report may be affected.
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