How to avoid tax return scams

April 7, 2015 1:54 AM

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How to avoid tax return scams

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Tax day, April 15, is coming up and the Oregon Department of Revenue officials have already spotted millions of dollars in tax fraud. And the numbers show, the longer you wait to file, the more likely you are to fall victim to a scam.

The state reports so far, officials have stopped $4.5 million in refunds from being sent to thieves who file fake tax returns based on stolen social security numbers.

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