These are called crimes of opportunity, and the burden is on you to not give them the opportunity. You can begin by guarding your personal information.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The tax filing season began at the end of January and will run through April 15, and between now and that deadline you can expect an increase in tax filing fraud complaints.

“There are people trying to get your information so they can file a phony tax return with the information you gave them,” said Ed Bides.

Bides is bank security officer for Jacksonville-based Florida Capital Bank.

“We tell people the IRS will not call you nor send you an email stating you owe them money,” he said.

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