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First Coast Woman Victim of Tax Filing Scam

7:52 PM, Feb 14, 2008   |    comments
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By Ken Amaro First Coast News JACKSONVILLE,FL--What happened to 24-year Chontie Falih could happen to anyone. "I never thought this would happen to me," says Falih. In early February, Falih tried to file her tax return electronically and it was rejected. Someone had already used her Social Security number to file a return. Falih says, "I was overwhelmed and terrified." Falih doesn't know when or how it happened. Gloria Sutton is with the North-Central Florida Office of the Internal Revenue Service. Sutton says when a taxpayer's Social Security number is used by someone else the IRS investigates. Sutton says, "Once we establish the Social Security number has been used by someone else we investigate and try to help the taxpayer as long as they work with the examiner." Sutton says in Falih's case she will have to file a paper return. Falih did file a paper return and was told it could take up to 45 days to be processed. She says she could use her return money now. She has also filed a police report. She wants the person caught. "I just hope they get caught and put in jail," says Falih.

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