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Hackers Trying to Steal Your Tax Refund With Stolen SSNs, by Angela Moscaritolo, PC World


[T]he IRS on Tuesday announced that hackers recently attempted to use some 464,000 stolen Social Security numbers and an automated bot to generate E-file PINs, which can be used to electronically file a tax return. The incident occurred last month, and the hackers were able to successfully access an E-file PIN with 101,000 of the SSNs.

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Last year, Turbo Tax temporarily halted e-filing for state returns across the U.S. after it found ‘an increase in suspicious filings and attempts by criminals to use stolen identity information to file fraudulent state tax returns and claim tax refunds.’