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Income tax filing process vulnerable to Identity theft

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

With the dreaded income tax return filing deadline a little more than two weeks away, a warning about crooks who could be wrangling for your refund.

Tax-identity theft is a huge problem that keeps growing: From just 50,000 cases in 2008, to more than a million, last year.

The popularity of filing electronically certainly offers convenience and speed in processing our tax returns.

But when personal financial information is stolen or shared with questionable tax-preparers, Credit.com says it's easy for crooks to steal your money.

"It's just so easy for a crook to e-file, ask for your money, get it , and usually it's on a pre-paid card," says Gerri Detweiler with Credit.com. "And once it's gone. it's gone."

Some tips to protect yourself include filing early; knowing and trusting any tax experts you use; and saving your tax information on a CD or flash drive, then deleting them from your computer.

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