If you filed an income tax return with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) before June 2012, be advised that on November 11, 2015 RITA became aware that a backup DVD possibly containing 50,000 names, addresses, social security numbers and dates of birth had not been accounted for. Yesterday, they publicly disclosed the missing DVD.
RITA does not know what happened to the disk; whether it was misplaced, thrown away, destroyed or stolen. The disk simply hasn’t been accounted for. As a result, and in this time of increased identity theft, they are taking a proactive approach to mitigating any potential damage.
RITA will be notifying all potentially affected customers by regular mail and offering one year of free credit monitoring.
Even if you are not a RITA filer, please review the preventative suggestions below as these suggestions are good reminders for everyone in mitigating identity theft risk.
What should you do?
- If you do not review all three credit reports for everyone in your family (including children) on an annual basis, this event should be your wake up call. Free credit report applications are available at https://www.annualcreditreport.com/manualRequestForm.action.
- RITA has announced that they will be notifying affected customers that they will be eligible for one year of free credit monitoring through Experian. Take it. Once the one year of the free offer has expired, the responsibility to monitor your credit going forward will be at your cost.
- Do not respond to any emails, texts or phone calls alleging to be from RITA. RITA will be contacting you by regular mail. Be extremely wary of responding to anyone inquiring by email or phone and asking for any type of personal information, as well as any bank or credit card info. DO NOT return a call to a number they provide. If in doubt of any telephone inquiry, call RITA at 440-526-0900.
- Should you determine that you are the victim of identity theft, please call your Skoda Minotti professional immediately for additional steps that you should consider in order to mitigate any financial loss and inconvenience.
If you need assistance with minimizing your risk of identity theft, or if you need assistance navigating through your credit report and discovering if you are an identity theft victim, please call Frank Suponcic, CPA, CFE, CFF, or your Skoda Minotti advisor at 440-449-6800.
Someone’s identity is stolen every 3 seconds…29,000 each day. Don’t Be a Victim!
For more information on this topic, attend our upcoming (free) Speaker Series luncheon, Income Tax Refund Fraud.