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Now this game members often bring to my drugs and violence -- right the taxes.
Law enforcement officials saying gang members -- -- focusing more and more on financial crimes means they are more safe and lucrative than selling drugs.
Here with more foxbusiness.com.
Reporter Kate Rogers so how is it possible that identity theft is more lucrative than drugs.
Well I had one police detective in Miami who runs a gang unit tell me back.
This is just safer for them why go out on the street and selling dope when you can rent a hotel room for three hours in one night and -- in 40000 dollars in.
Real legitimate tax returns to wow so how -- they doing this -- they dumpster diving here.
Are they getting access to the -- so they're getting access to -- -- he's via the traditional -- they're stealing them.
Breaking into houses and cars people aren't getting rid of their financial statements properly and not shredding them so they'll find -- like you said in dumpsters.
They're also operating with Phishing scams online so they're really going in -- and then they're taking your identity and filing legitimate claims and as a consumer what's really scary about that.
The only way you'll find out is when you go to file your tax return in the IRS went back and says we've already.
Set you know -- -- a clean for you.
So you can't do -- -- I think giving their money from the federal government are for me the victim from the federal government and so.
-- -- -- twelve IRS said that they've really gone to great lengths to try and stop this from happening.
They protected twenty billion an identity fraud between twelve and fourteen billion in twenty elevenths -- caught Moore -- here.
But there's still so much that they're not catching.
Yeah I I'm totally blown away by this because I think it's you know this kind of fraud identity theft is the most popular crime going -- -- certain that the certainly see a lot of complaints about this to the Federal Trade Commission every year.
What should people do who were worried about having their identity stolen.
Well there's different things that play into this and and you and one more scary thing too is under obamacare everyone has huge interest in these electronic medical records that's another -- these gang members are getting their hands on your identities are having their girlfriends or significant others go get jobs at these medical facilities.
And steal your identity through these medical records with USB drive so they're getting thousands of identity that wants us to consumer what you can -- you in number one file your tax return as soon as possible so in other words beat them -- it.
Number can you make sure that you're really disposing of all your financial statements properly shredding them don't leave them out -- around.
Also lock up all your -- sign -- -- -- your -- on your car passenger seat for example some breaking.
And then number three -- -- electronic medical records high.
Make sure you're checking with your insurance carrier that no one's filing claims in your name because.
They're also selling health insurance on the black market now my -- and I now it's really -- -- online because I think that's just such an easy way for the bad guys to get your information and you say they're fishing yes I protect myself from that well I think one thing if it sounds too good to be true it probably is always make sure you're not giving your Social Security number personal identification.
Online and time.
Really read into everything we're submitting your your personal financial information.
I know it -- problem is there's so many things you can do on line and -- you get personal information exactly people get in such a habit of giving.
You know last -- numbers of their social since you gave your security or their address in their phone number.
Where do you draw the line we IRS has tons of -- to online about where you should and shouldn't be giving out that personal information so I think he should always be checking there.
To keep up to date with the latest Phishing scams but Turbotax and the IRS won't give too much information out on -- on them what they're doing to protect because he said is like bread crumbs from -- product I.
So any solution they come up with a bad week I know that's exactly he can do it and run around that Kate thanks for coming thank you doctor aggregate to see you need to see you.
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