Are you a victim of identity theft? Do you think you may become one because of a lost or stolen wallet, or questionable credit card activity or credit report? Or did the IRS send you a letter suggesting someone has stolen your identity, or perhaps telling you about a tax return that someone filed as you without your knowledge?
If so, here’s what to do:
1) If you received a letter from the IRS, respond immediately.
2) If you think you may be at risk because of a lost wallet, fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039). This will enable the IRS to secure your account.
3) File a police report with your local police station, and contact the credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit account.
Visit IRS.gov and type “identity theft” in the search field for more information.