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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance offers Tips to Tennesseans to Maximize Tax Refunds

 

Division of Consumer Affairs and Board of Accountancy Help Consumers Thwart Scammers

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – With tax season in full swing, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) shares three essential guidelines to help consumers efficiently navigate the income tax filing process.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs gives Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Seniors

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is warning senior adults to be diligent in avoiding scams.

Tennesseans are encouraged to take time during holiday visits to ensure senior relatives and neighbors are equipped to protect themselves against identity fraud.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Urges Parents To Protect Children From Identity Fraud

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division encourages parents to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on Friday, November 20th by learning to protect children from identity fraud.

While the Tennessee Privacy of School Records Laws, Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-504 (2015), generally protect the privacy of student records, parents should adopt some good habits in their everyday lives to help safeguard their children. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumers Union looks into problems with credit reports, credit scores in letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about problems with credit reports and credit scores, including the challenges consumers face in correcting errors on their reports.

Pamela Banks, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “Credit report errors are far too common and consumers are paying a high price for scores that are likely not used in the marketplace.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Investigating Tax Refund Fraud

 

FBI Works Cooperatively with Federal Partners

FBIWashington, DC – A Georgia woman was recently sentenced to 27 years in prison for stealing the identities of nursing home patients and using their information to apply online for about half a million dollars in fraudulent tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Criminals who use stolen personally identifiable information to line their own pockets perpetrate a wide variety of fraudulent financial schemes, like hacking into online accounts, submitting phony insurance claims, and applying for loans and credit cards. Increasingly, though, tax refund fraud using stolen identities is fast becoming a favorite money-making endeavor of the criminal element.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says start 2013 smart by checking your credit report

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division is urging consumers to start the year off with a free review of their credit report.

Gaps in your computer’s security, a data breach at a company you patronize, even a failure to properly dispose of private information – all can lead to cases of stolen identities. «Read the rest of this article»

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