Cities in St. Charles County see increase in tax identity theft -

Cities in St. Charles County see increase in tax identity theft

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. ( -

Police in several St. Charles County cities say they have received more reports of tax identity theft in 2015 than they did in the previous year.

Lake St. Louis Police said they have received 48 reports of tax identity theft, but only received four at the same time in 2014.

“I can tell you the majority of our cases came in April, so we'll see how many cases come in next month, but it's a dramatic increase up to this point in time,” said Captain Chris DiGiuseppi with Lake St. Louis police.

St. Peters authorities said the same thing is happening in their city.

“This year starting in mid to late January, our officers have seen a huge increase at our department,” said Officer Melissa Doss with St. Peters police.

If you receive a notice from the IRS that includes a rejection code number, that indicates someone has already filed a tax return using your name and Social Security number. Although it's most likely being done by someone from out of state, your first step should be to call local police.

“We'll write up the report and then submit to the Identity Theft Task Force which is basically a partnership with a bunch of difference federal agencies that are doing this investigation,” Doss said.

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