Crime Tracker: Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Crime Tracker: Protect Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft

KHQ.COM - Identity thieves are taking advantage of tax season and trying to get their hands on your tax return. Authorities are warning people to protect themselves and it’s start with protecting their mail. A woman in the Moyie Springs area, near Bonners Ferry has been arrested for stealing mail. In Boundary County, people have reported their W2s stolen. Both incidents prove the threat of tax identity theft is real.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

- Check your mail frequently. The less time it sits in the mailbox, the less time a thief has to steal it.

- Report suspicious people in the neighborhood or lurking near mailboxes.

- File early. Experts say you can beat thieves if you file a real claim before they file a false claim in your name.

- Protect your social security number. Consider this: a thief can file electronically if they have your social security number. They don’t even need your W2. They can make that information up and get your return.

The Federal Trade Commission says that tax identity has become the fastest growing form of identity theft in the last two years. The numbers have doubled in the last year, which is all the more reason to follow every step in limiting your chances of becoming a victim.

  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • WSU ending development of marijuana breath test

    WSU ending development of marijuana breath test

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:38 PM EDT2018-04-26 16:38:31 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University researchers are halting their development of a marijuana breath test for fear of backlash from the federal government.   Researchers hoped the breathalyzer would help law enforcement officers detect THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in motorists.

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University researchers are halting their development of a marijuana breath test for fear of backlash from the federal government.   Researchers hoped the breathalyzer would help law enforcement officers detect THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in motorists.

  • Wisconsin father gets 5-year sentence for daughter's neglect death

    Wisconsin father gets 5-year sentence for daughter's neglect death

    Thursday, April 26 2018 10:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 14:12:45 GMT

    LA CROSSE, Wis. - A Wisconsin father convicted in the death of his malnourished, dehydrated 3-year-old daughter has been sentenced to five years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Dylan Bartsh was also sentenced Wednesday to five years of extended supervision. Bartsh earlier pleaded no contest to child neglect resulting in death in the October 2014 death of Audryna Bartsh.

    LA CROSSE, Wis. - A Wisconsin father convicted in the death of his malnourished, dehydrated 3-year-old daughter has been sentenced to five years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Dylan Bartsh was also sentenced Wednesday to five years of extended supervision. Bartsh earlier pleaded no contest to child neglect resulting in death in the October 2014 death of Audryna Bartsh.

  • Texas man sentenced to life in prison for stomping death of toddler

    Texas man sentenced to life in prison for stomping death of toddler

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:08:34 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of beating and stomping his girlfriend's baby daughter to death then burying her body has been sentenced to life in prison.   A Tarrant County jury sentenced 24-year-old Joshua Beard of Arlington on Monday. Beard was convicted of murder on Saturday in the 2014 death of 18-month-old Tylea Moore.

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texas man convicted of beating and stomping his girlfriend's baby daughter to death then burying her body has been sentenced to life in prison.   A Tarrant County jury sentenced 24-year-old Joshua Beard of Arlington on Monday. Beard was convicted of murder on Saturday in the 2014 death of 18-month-old Tylea Moore.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.