LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warned of identity theft scams in Little Rock.
As the 2014 tax season kicks off, identity theft increases.
More than 140 Arkansas university employees were victims last year, and they underwent a grueling process to obtain their rightful funds back.
According to the IRS, more than 14 million suspicious tax returns have been filed since 2011.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid it happening to you:
•Use a shredder to dispose of personal documents.
•Use a special gel pen on your checks so they can't be changed.
•Use strong passwords that no one can guess.
•Don't give personal info over the phone, web, or in mail.
•Update your firewall and virus protection on your computer.
You can freeze your credit reports on idtheftcenter.org.
Also, know when your bills are coming, so if they're late you can call and find out why.