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Tax cheats: How to find out if your information has been stolen

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(KMOV.com) - How do people find out their information has been stolen and a tax cheat has filed a fake return with his or her real information? 

First, you can get a message when you try to file your return stating your social security number has already been used.

Second, you will receive a letter from the IRS noting there was a "problem" with your return before you have even filed your taxes.

And third, sometimes victims get a letter with a type of prepaid debit card mailed to their home that they never applied for. Often times, scammers have fraudulent refunds loaded onto prepaid debit cards that are hard to trace.

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