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Billions of dollars of fraudulent refunds are being paid out every tax year. This not only puts a strain on government’s ability to provide services, but also erodes public trust in our country’s tax system. The principal method of conducting income tax refund fraud is through identity theft — specifically by filing a return deceptively as someone else. According to a 2011 report by the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft has been the number one consumer complaint since 2000.
Anyone who has access to a computer can fill out an income tax form online and hit submit. Income tax returns are processed within weeks, and the proceeds are deposited into accounts or provided on debit cards. Once released, these monies are UNTRACEABLE. How do you stop fraudsters from stealing money out of the public coffers? With Experian’s Tax Return Analysis PlatformSM (TRAP), you will be able to combat tax refund fraud with Credential and Access Management (FICAM)–certified identity authentication tools built on the veracity of information collected from actual financial transactions, other public records and the ability to conduct authentication checks on the devices used to submit the returns.
With the Experian’s Tax Return Analysis Platform℠ (TRAP), you are provided with:
-Security of information at the highest levels
-No significant delays in refund processing
-Premier identity authentication based on financial transaction data and analysis
-Use of FICAM certified identity authentication tools
-Identification of additional financial fraud activity with identity credentials
-Authentication of the device used for electronic submission
-Identity-theft victim-mitigation services
How can you be assured that the person submitting the tax return is the legitimate individual to whom the refund is owed? Due to growing public demand, e-government directives, and the need for increased effectiveness and efficiency, government entities must make online access easy and secure for all. Experian's Precise IDSM is rapidly emerging as the real-time identity-proofing service of choice for federal, state and local government agencies.
Experian’s Knowledge IQSM, powered by Precise ID, is a revolutionary knowledge-based authentication tool for identity authentication and fraud prevention. Precise ID scoring models and Knowledge IQ interactive challenge-response questions, e.g., out-of-wallet questions, provide innovative and integrated identity authentication and fraud detection on a single platform. By combining the leading-edge analytics and decisioning technology of Precise ID scores with the sophisticated Knowledge IQ challenge-response authentication questions, you have a comprehensive risk-management and identity authentication system.
Once stolen, identity credentials are often used to commit other credit-related fraud in addition to tax refund fraud. A stolen identity has a short shelf life, and most fraudsters will try and use it for multiple transactions before it is abandoned. Experian® will identity other instances of financial fraud connected to the same identity credentials being used to submit the tax return.
While catching the potential fraudsters and stopping the release of fraudulent refunds is of paramount concern, the ability to offer potential identity theft victims a way to regain their credit standing and protect themselves from future attacks also is an essential component of addressing identity theft–based tax fraud. Identity theft occurs when someone steals personal identifying information in order to perpetrate fraud or other offenses, such as obtaining loans, services or credit. To reduce an individual’s future risk and help protect him or her and his or her family, Experian offers a complete identity theft protection product. Experian's Identity Theft Protection product can help catch identity theft and fraud when it happens and help you regain your good name and credit.
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