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Valley woman's identity stolen on taxes

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Identity theft isn't just a criminal accessing your bank accounts anymore. They're also trying to cash in on your tax return.

One Valley woman says she fell victim to this kind of identity theft. When she filed her taxes electronically, she received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating her forms were denied.

Since she's currently fighting this case of identity theft, her name is being withheld.

"Of course, your heart starts beating a little faster," she said. "You wonder, 'Oh my gosh, what have we done wrong?'"

She may have not done anything wrong when filing her taxes. The feds said someone already filed a return using her social security number.

"It's quite frustrating," she said. "We can't move forward with anything until all your ducks are in a row with who you have to call and who you have to notify."

The IRS is helping her along with the process and even alerted her that this may be a case of identity theft.

"Watch your social security [number]," she suggests. "Check your credit and make sure that you protect yourself."

One way Valley residents can protect themselves is by attending CBS 5's Shred-a-Thon Monday at International Paper, 301 30th St. in Phoenix. The Shrd-a-Thon lasts until 7 p.m. Monday.

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