|Published:||Mar 11, 2013 8:22 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 12, 2013 3:35 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, FL - "I love the internet but sometimes the internet works against you," said Fred Abbazio.
Fred Abbazio said scammers filed a tax return in his name not once, but twice in three years.
"The economy's not the best you know for a lot of people, so if they need money they use all these different scams to get money," said Abbazio.
In 2011, someone used his information to filed a 2010 refund. It took almost nine months for him to re-file and get his refund. Then just weeks ago, he received an email from Turbo Tax, a sign his problems weren't over.
"I thought a little bit about it but didn't have my name on it, had my email address. I thought maybe it was an improper email, but it had the name Freddy and another with (last name) with an A, so it was a little inquisitive to me."
Abbazio said he hasn't filed his 2012 return yet. So he called the IRS, Turbo Tax, and the Naples Police Department. Lieutenant John Barkley said in 2012 there were 19 cases like this. So far this year, there have been three. The department has two detectives investigate these crimes through a partnership with the IRS.
"Local detectives are having a much larger role in investigating these crimes than they did in the past," said Lt. Barkley.
Abbazio's case could be months from being solved. But the IRS gave him a tip to hopefully prevent this from happening again.
"Because the sooner you file your tax return is in there and then if anybody else is using your number its going to be rejected," said Abbazio.
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