The filing of fraudulent income tax returns using computers has been on the rise for the last decade, but this year many more Americans have been impacted – including members of the UNM community.

Although only two individuals have come forward so far, the number may be higher, as the IRS processes valid returns.

A few UNM staff and faculty have reported that when they filed their returns, they discovered that a return had already been filed on their behalf (with a great deal of incorrect/ inaccurate information in it, but with a matching SSN and name). UNM staff and faculty have become aware of fraudulent filings when the auto-deposit for the fraudulent return is declined for deposit into offshore bank accounts – in such cases, the return is sent to the last known home address of the filer.

If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulently filed income tax return, the IRS reporting number for New Mexicans is in Austin, Texas at (512) 460-2724. UNM has identity theft information if you believe you have been the victim of identity theft.

UNM has no knowledge of the source of the fraudulent returns, and there is no known breach of SSNs at UNM or elsewhere in the state, and this issue is occurring nationwide.