Many of the special personal identification numbers given out by the Internal Revenue Service to protect victims of identity theft may have been stolen, according to a security research site.
The site Krebs on Security reported Tuesday that a South Dakota CPA, Becky Wittrock, had her Identity Protection PIN stolen. She works as CFO at GeoTek Engineering & Testing Services in Sioux Falls. The IRS issued her an IP PIN in 2014 after her identity was stolen and thieves tried to file tax returns under her name. However, when she tried to use the IP PIN to file her taxes this tax season, she learned that identity thieves had struck again and filed a tax return using her IP PIN. She contacted the IRS and was asked a long series of security questions. She discovered someone had filed a return in her name only three weeks earlier and claimed a large tax refund.
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