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AARP Helps Taxpayers Avoid IRS Imposter and Related Scams


WASHINGTONMarch 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As tax time approaches, AARP's Fraud Watch Network is redoubling its efforts to help taxpayers avoid criminal imposters who aim to defraud them.  The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year.  But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed 1,005 Americans by phone, reveals that people may have a false sense of security, as three-fifths (62 percent) report they're either extremely confident or very confident in their ability to detect fraud.

AARP is building on its robust antifraud efforts, which currently include a free fraud helpline (877-908-3360).  New information and resources include the survey, training webinars, a "Tax ID Theft" tip sheet, and a new podcast series, called "The Perfect Scam."  The series features tips from Frank Abagnale, whose personal story inspired the Spielberg film, "Catch Me if You Can," who now advises the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. Also, the April issue of AARP Bulletin will more broadly examine fraud, including an exclusive interview with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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