- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning about a scam in which some West Virginians’ income tax returns have already been filed by someone else.

Morrisey says the attorney general’s consumer protection division has received numerous complaints from residents about the scam.

Morrisey says scammers typically use tax-preparation software and stolen Social Security numbers to submit fake returns with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax department. Refunds are then deposited on a prepaid debit card or store gift card that can’t be easily traced.

He says residents who are told by the IRS or state tax department that their taxes have already been filed should call local law enforcement, the IRS tax fraud hotline at (800) 829-0433 or the consumer protection division at (800) 368-8808.

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