Barrington residents targeted in tax return scheme

Barrington residents targeted in tax return scheme


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Two Barrington residents contacted the local police last week after cyber-criminals tried to steal their tax returns.

On Monday, March 24, a New Meadow Road resident stopped into the police station to report a possible identity theft. He told officers that he had completed his tax return and shortly after filing it electronically he learned that someone else had already used his personal information to collect his return. The resident told police that the scam had only involved his federal tax refund.

A day later, a Holly Lane resident stopped in to the station to report a similar situation. The local man said he had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating that someone else had tried to file a federal tax return using his personal information.

The man also told police he had received a package in the mail recently that contained a camera tripod that he did not order. He said he had been charged for the purchase and that some other items that were listed on the enclosed receipt were missing from the package.

Police are still working on both cases.