(KMOV) -- Chesterfield Police have seen in increase in fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities with nine reported in the last week.
The victims don’t know their identity’s stolen until they try to file their federal taxes and the IRS tells them they’ve already done it.
“Someone will obtain a social security number through an unknown means. They will then falsify a lot of the information on a tax form, a 1040 and they’ll file that tax form for a return. We’ve seen anywhere from a thousand to $3, 500,” said Captain Steve Lewis.
The victim eventually will get their own tax refund but it will be delayed while they go through the lengthy process to verify their identification.