What do you do when your identity is stolen?

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of us have fallen victim to identity theft or know someone who has.

It’s important to take action quickly if someone takes your identity.

According to a recent national survey, nearly 60 million Americans fell victim to some form of identity theft in 2018.

Identity theft occurs when criminals gain access to your social security number, financial accounts or other personal information. CPA and Tax Attorney Paul Mancinone told 22News, tax return identity theft can be detrimental to your credit.

“The ugly ones; the car purchases, the heavy duty thefts; mortgages, etc.,” Mancione said. “Those are disasters and they affect your credit. It’s paramount to protect your credit in those situations.” 

Mancinone told 22News if you fall victim to tax identity theft, you should call the IRS immediately who will provide you a pin number which will allow you to complete your tax return.

It’s also recommended to report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission and your local police department.

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