Florida Among Top Three States Targeted for a New Form of Identity Theft

​How low can you go? Apparently six feet under wasn't low enough for the Fort Lauderdale man sentenced to nine years in federal prison last Friday for stealing identification from mourners attending funerals as part of an ID theft ring. 

But Diaz's funeral fraud ring isn't the only shocking identity-theft crime scamming Floridians these days. 

Florida also happens to be among the top three states for a new form of ID theft that's set it sights at your income tax refund check, according to a

Scripps-Howard News Service Investigation.

If you're waiting for your tax return in the mail, beware: Someone else may have already cashed in on your refund, Scripps-Howard investigators warn. By using your social security number and other personal information, tax refund fraudsters fool the IRS into sending your refund to someone else. 

The report states this tax- or wage-related identity theft has more than tripled since 2005, victimizing an estimated 10 million Americans a year -- most of whom reside in California, Texas, and -- of course -- Florida, the states with the most complaints.


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