Published: Mar 05, 2014 10:37 PM EST

FORT MYERS, FL.--It's tax time and crooks are aggressively after your money.

WINK News is learning in less than a week Lee County detectives have reported a surge of tax fraud cases.

Technology is a great thing, but it can also help thieves steal your identity and tax returns.

In just the past week WINK News has uncovered at least 5 people, all in southwest Florida, have reported the same story to Lee County detectives.
     
One victim told investigators when she tried to file her 2013 taxes, she was denied because her information had already been used.
     
Another woman told the sheriff's office a thief used her 14-year old son's social security number to fraudulently file tax returns for the past four years.

"It is an absolute enormous problem," said former IRS special agent, Peter Aiken.

Aiken says tax fraud is dramatically on the rise and it could happen to you.

"Once they get a w2 they have your Social Security Number, they've got an employer, and it is real easy at that point to fabricate a false return," said Aiken.

Part of the problem, Aiken says, is thieves stealing W2's out of mailboxes and the IRS using the internet to payout returns.

"On electronic returns they could get a giftcard and the problem is you don't have to have any identification," he said.

Leaving it nearly impossible to find out who stole your cash.
Aiken says even the process to get your money back could take six months to a year.

"It is a long, terrible, arduous process in trying to communicate with the IRS and get it resolved," said Aiken.