FORT MYERS, Fla.- It's tax season, and while many are excited about a possible refund, some Southwest Florida women tell WINK News they may never see theirs.
Karen Jackson of Lehigh Acres and Latangila Dunn of Fort Myers believe thieves stole their identities and filed returns in their names. The duo is concerned their social circle of friends and relatives may have fallen prey to the same con, after many of them received similar phone calls from their tax preparers.
Jackson and Dunn filed police affidavits Tuesday after receiving a phone call saying the returns they filed on January 31st could not be submitted. Someone had already filed returns under their identities, including their dependents.
"Anybody would feel violated if their social security was being used, their child's social security is being used, your I.D.'s being used. Anybody would feel violated," Dunn said.
The women are now working on additional paperwork for the I.R.S. and social security office. They've alse been advised to notify all three credit agencies.
"That's not fair to us, because we didn't give nobody permission to file us, but we gotta go through hell of getting our identity back, and God knows what else these people done used our information for," Jackson said.
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