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Tax identity fraud theft reports keep rolling into News 4, but some experts are warning about the dangers of not just ID theft, but fraudulent tax preparers who promise huge refunds that could end up costing you.

Desmond Leong helps run the Metro St. Louis Community Tax Coalition, a Volunteer Income Assistance Tax Assistance program that works with the Internal Revenue Service.

Leong has seen a jump in tax fraud cases in the St. Louis area.

"I know for a fact that the number of rejects we've had, close to 75 rejects due to identity theft," said Leong.

But it's not just the ID theft he wants to warn people about.

"Stay away from these fraudulent tax return preparers that are generating these refunds $8, 9 thousand... it's as bad as I've seen it," Leong warned.

A list of places you can go file your tax return for free can be found here

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