Identity theft and fraudulent income tax filing are topics we hear about daily at the Sheriff’s Office. Many questions have arisen concerning the procedure a victim should follow after discovering that their identity has been stolen and used fraudulently. In an effort to assist the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission with these cases, the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office have contained instructions, as well as necessary forms to be completed by our citizens, who have become victims. Our sworn personnel have been trained on identity theft and the necessary steps that should be taken by you, the victim, toward resolution.
• Place a fraud alert with the 3 major credit reporting companies.
• Get your free credit report
• Close any accounts that you find have been fraudulently opened.
• File a report with your local Police or Sheriff’s Office. They will provide a form entitled IRS Disclosure Authorization for Victims of Identity Theft, (Form # 8821-A). This form gives the Law Enforcement agency authorization to investigate and exchange info with the IRS, FTC or other agencies. (This is an IRS form and will only be provided by the IRS or your local law enforcement agency).
• Complete form # 14039 entitled Identity Theft Affidavit and mail, along with a copy of your Social Security card and driver’s license to:
Internal Revenue Service, PO Box 9039, Andover, MA 01810-0939
(If you do not have a driver’s license, a U.S. Passport, Military ID or other government-issued identification card will work)
The IRS will not likely call you by phone nor email you. If you receive a call or email from someone claiming they are with the Internal Revenue Service, it is likely a scam!
The IRS may send you a letter (5071C) asking that you verify your identity after receiving form #14039.