Identity theft protection company LifeLock is reaching out to the Internal Revenue Service and offering technology to protect taxpayers against the threat of tax fraud.
Congress has been holding hearings to investigate the growing trend of identity thieves stealing personal information such as Social Security numbers and using it to claim tax refund money ahead of the actual taxpayers (see IRS and Social Security Urged to Curb Tax Fraud and Identity Theft). The IRS, under growing pressure from law enforcement authorities and the public, installed identity theft filters early this year and participated in a law enforcement sweep that netted over 100 people across 23 states (see IRS and DOJ Bust Identity Thieves Across U.S.)
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