COVID Feature: One Day Record

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While much of the world has been busy social distancing, washing hands, searching for toilet paper, and donning masks, the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) remains vigilant in its efforts to prevent fraud. (Global pandemics have a way of creating distractions that open the door to unscrupulous individuals looking to steal from taxpayers and government programs.)

While numerous attempts to defraud the Hoosier State are made by scammers every day, the DOR’s best-in-class identity protection and fraud prevention team has doubled down on their efforts to protect citizens from identity theft and tax refund fraud during the current health crisis. Their effective measures actually halted $275,000 in individual tax refund fraud from occurring on April 8. (Yes folks – all in a day’s work. Well done!)

In addition to this incredible feat, DOR team members also put preventative measures in place to protect several tax preparers targeted by fraudsters. (Criminals don’t care if the world is in the midst of a pandemic, they just see it as another business opportunity. They’ll take advantage of just about any situation.)

“Unfortunately, while Hoosiers are dealing with the current health crisis, bad actors are attempting to increase their scam activity including refund fraud. We advise all customers to be extremely vigilant when it comes to securing their personal or financial information,”

DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes said.

Since 2014, the DOR’s tax fraud program has stopped more than $140 million in fraud by detecting it before tax returns are entered into the state’s financial system. (Indiana taxpayers can rest easy knowing that their DOR is working hard to protect them, even during an unprecedented health crisis.)

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Indiana stops $275,000 in attempted refund fraud in a single day,” posted by RTV6 Indianapolis on April 16, 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — Proactive efforts by the Indiana Department of Revenue to prioritize its tax refund fraud and identity theft prevention program has resulted in a reduction in increased fraud attempts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state said Thursday.

In a news release from the Indiana Department of Revenue, the state said on a single day — April 8 — the fraud team identified and stopped $275,000 in individual tax refund fraud. The DOR also said team members identified several tax preparers who were targeted by fraudsters and assisted by putting preventive measures in place to safeguard their information.

 

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.