Video: How To Catch Identity Theft Before It Hurts You

Follow Greg McBride's Advice on How to minimize the odds of Identity Theft in this Exclusive MoneyTips video

February 1, 2017

Even if you're vigilantly monitoring your credit, an identity thief could still try to file a tax return in your name. Watch this MoneyTips interview with Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate.com, to learn how to minimize the chances of becoming an identity theft victim.

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Erin | 02.01.17 @ 17:01
There are some great tips here. The tax identity fraud is a scary situation to contemplate. I will definitely be working towards getting our taxes done as early as possible. It is amazing (and nerve-wracking) just how many ways people find to steal your money.
Zanna | 02.01.17 @ 21:05
I never realized what a risk we were taking by putting off doing our taxes! We will certainly be filing as soon as we can this year.
Jane | 02.02.17 @ 18:26
The idea of someone filing a tax return using my Social Security number is troubling. The IRS starts accepting tax return filings before I receive all of my tax documents, which I need to file my legitimate tax return.
Chrisitna | 02.02.17 @ 18:39
I still owe the IRS :). Glad no one wants to be me!
Crystal | 02.02.17 @ 18:47
I was a victim of identity theft. One of my safeguards is a PIN number to file taxes with the IRS. I would NEVER file without.
Danilo | 12.13.19 @ 15:44
Ok
Hagop | 01.11.20 @ 12:29
Very good tips Thanks
Wayne | 01.11.20 @ 21:25
My 2010 Federal Income Tax Refund check for. $1015.00 was stolen from me by a crack cocaine smoking distant relative. Since these monies are FDIC-INSURED AND I FILED A FORM 1011 WHY HASNT I.R.S. SENT ME A REPLACEMENT CHECK. WE ARE IN THE YEAR 2020 AND I.R.S. CONTINUES TO GARNISSH MY INCOME TAKING $277.00 EACH MONTH TO OFF SET AN ERRONEOUS BILL I HAD FROM MEDICAL SERVICES I RECEIVED AT THE VETERANS ADMIN HOSPITAL BACK IN 2013 AND I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY THAT THE V.A. REFUSES TO FILE A CLAIM DUE TO IGNORANT MEDICAL BILLING PERSONELL THAT HAVE A RELATIVE WORKING IN THE SAME V.A. MEDICAL FACILITY. VETERANS ARE BEING TREATED POORLY AND FORCING ME TO LOSE MY HOME AND BECOME ANOTHER HOMELESS VETERAN IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA!
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