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Medical and dental practitioners are currently the target of choice for identity thieves. Recent articles in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Businessweek, and The Washington Post highlight the alarming increase of health care professionals that have been victimized this year by identity theft used to fraudulently obtain federal and state tax refunds. One of the warning signs is to watch for federal or state "personal" tax inquiries containing the business address vs. personal address. Identity thieves are using the business address of medical professionals to file false tax returns in the hopes of intercepting refund checks.

If you believe you've been the victim of identity theft, there are a few steps you can take: contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit, report incident to the Federal Trade Commission, file a report with your local police department, contact major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion), freeze your credit files, and close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.