Number of ASU Tax Scam Victims Grows to 140

The number of Arkansas State University employees who were apparently victims of a tax-return scam had grown to more than 140 by last week, according to a notice from the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

The scam was first reported in mid-February, when the number of victims was thought to be in the teens. The employees had received notices from the Internal Revenue service questioning deductions on their tax returns, but the employees had not yet filed any returns for tax year 2012.

“Law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter, and the perpetrators have not been identified. An identity theft expert from the Attorney General’s Office is meeting with the affected employees today to offer advice on how they can protect themselves against further identity fraud,” according to the release from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office.

ASU employees and other taxpayers who have been scammed will have to file an affidavit with their actual tax returns to send to the IRS, the AG’s office said. McDaniel encouraged consumers who receive a notice from the IRS that they believe was a result of a fraudulent tax return to contact the IRS.