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IRS Identity Theft FAQ: First Steps for Victims - YouTube video text script

HI… I’M BETTY… AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.     

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT?      

DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BECOME ONE BECAUSE OF A LOST OR STOLEN WALLET… QUESTIONABLE CREDIT CARD ACTIVITY OR CREDIT REPORT?

OR HAVE YOU RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE I-R-S… SUGGESTING SOMEONE HAS STOLEN YOUR IDENTITY?      

OR PERHAPS WE WROTE TO YOU ABOUT A TAX RETURN THAT SOMEONE ELSE FILED WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE?      

IF SO… HERE’S WHAT TO DO.      

IF YOU RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE I-R-S… RESPOND IMMEDIATELY USING THE CONTACT INFORMATION YOU RECEIVED IN YOUR LETTER.      

IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED A LETTER FROM US BUT STILL THINK YOU’RE AT RISK BECAUSE OF SOMETHING LIKE A LOST WALLET… FILL OUT THE I-R-S IDENTITY THEFT AFFIDAVIT… FORM 14039.        

YOU CAN GET IT FROM OUR WEBSITE.        

THAT WAY WE CAN TAKE STEPS TO FURTHER SECURE YOUR ACCOUNT.

BE SURE TO WRITE LEGIBLY AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BACK OF THE FORM.       

WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU FILE A POLICE REPORT WITH YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AND CONTACT THE CREDIT BUREAUS TO PLACE A FRAUD ALERT ON YOUR CREDIT ACCOUNT.       

OUR WEBSITE HAS HELPFUL GUIDES TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS.       

JUST GO TO W-W-W-DOT-I-R-S-DOT-GOV AND TYPE IDENTITY THEFT IN THE SEARCH FIELD.       

I-D THEFT IS A GROWING PROBLEM NATIONWIDE.                              

WE KNOW IT’S A FRUSTRATING AND COMPLEX PROCESS FOR VICTIMS.       

THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR US.       

WE’RE ALWAYS REVIEWING OUR PROCESSES TO ENSURE WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT.

AGAIN… FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING TO COMBAT I-D THEFT…GO TO W-W-W-DOT-I-R-S-DOT-GOV AND TYPE IDENTITY THEFT IN THE SEARCH FIELD.  

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 08-Jan-2014