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False tax return scam under investigation in Fayette County

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FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) - Authorities in Fayette County are investigating a scam in which income tax returns have been falsely filed without the victims' knowledge.

The Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office has received several reports from local resident who -- upon attempting to file their federal and state income tax returns -- discovered that someone had already filed using their name, birth date and/or social security number.

Investigators are examining the reports in an attempt to find any common links among those affected.

"Some of the individuals targeted in this scheme have used tax preparation services while other have individually filed their taxes electronically," Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

The IRS is assisting in the investigation.

If anyone has been affected they are asked to call the sheriff's office at 304-574-4216.


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