The Canby Police Department has some advice for Canby residents who find themselves victimized by a tax-identify fraud operation active in the Northwest.
Many of the victims are employees, volunteers or associates of the Portland and Seattle archdioceses of the Catholic Church. Someone else uses their Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns for 2013. The victims dont know anything is amiss until the IRS notifies them another tax return was filed using their Social Security number.
Authorities are investigating to determine if the Portland and Seattle archdiocese cases are related. They are trying to determine where the fraud started and if the personal information used came from a church, vendor or outside information systems.
The Archdiocese of Seattle said investigators do not know where the fraud started. Nor have they determined whether the personal information came from a system within the archdiocese, a system of vendors or another outside source. The Seattle archdiocese has hired a forensic security firm to analyze the problem and is working with the FBI and IRS to address the issue.
The Canby Police Department has taken police reports from several residents of Canby who have reported to be victims of tax-identity fraud. That is what they should do, Canby Police say
If someone thinks they are a victim of identity theft, file a police report. The IRS will want a copy of that report as part of its investigation.
They should also call the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490, Ext.245.
The Archdiocese of Portland has more tax fraud information on its website at http://www.archdpdx.org/Tax_fraud_info/index.html.