2 more cases of tax fraud reported in Rock Hill

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 20, 2014 

— Two more people have reported to police in Rock Hill that someone has stolen their identities and filed false tax returns with their names and Social Security numbers.

At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, police spoke with a man, 51, who reported that he learned someone stole his identity when he went to file his taxes with the Internal Revenue Service at a friend’s home in Fort Mill last week, according to a Rock Hill police report. While trying to file online, the IRS informed him that someone already filed under his name. He told police he did not know who filed the taxes under his name, and the amount on the return was unavailable.

An hour later, police spoke with another man, 71, who told police that while trying to file his taxes online, he received an error message showing that his Social Security number had already been used to complete tax returns, according to another Rock Hill police report. The man could not tell police who could have used his Social Security number and was unsure if it was “intentional or a mistake.” He told police he had no issues with any of his credit card or bank accounts.

Last week, two Rock Hill women told police they learned that someone used their names and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns.

One woman told police that when she tried to file with a tax preparation service in Fort Mill, she learned her electronic filing had been rejected because her name and Social Security number already had been used in a tax filing, according to a Rock Hill police report. The woman called the IRS, who told her to call local police. An IRS employee told her he would keep the fraudulent claim from being paid.

A day later, another woman told police that in September she had filed a tax return with the IRS, only to be told on Thursday that her taxes already had been filed. The victim told police she wanted the incident documented in case of more fraud. She told police she believes someone is using her identity.

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