Saturday, February 08, 2014
A few weeks ago one of my uncles received a letter in the mail from the PG&E CARE program (helps to lower gas/electric bill from PG&E) stating that he needed to verify his information by submitting an IRS form to get tax returns for everyone in the household. I filled mine out and yesterday got a letter stating that I filed taxes for 2011 and 2012 which I know I did not because I've been out of work since 2008 and have no job currently. The letter had some of the information on the tax return and it had my name and social security number but the addresses provided did not match my address. For 2011 the address was in San Pablo, CA which is about a 10 minute drive from me and for 2012 the address was in Concord, CA which is about a 20 minute drive. I went down to the police station and filed a report for identity theft. The office said to call the IRS first thing Monday to request the tax returns filed since 2004 which should show the employer for the returns filed which will hopefully lead to the person using my information. Also the office said to check my credit report, put a credit freeze with all 3 credit reporting agencies, and to call the CA franchise tax board to get copies of the CA tax returns. I hope this mess gets solved quickly. I am wondering now if this might have anything to do with me not being able to get a job... if an potential employer were to run my SS# it would show I'm working but I'm not... we'll see how things go. But for now I'm livid and upset.