INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Department of Revenue says that since the inception of a fraud-prevention program, hackers don't seem to be targeting the state's residents as much.
The agency says it has halted more than $111 million in refunds for at least 61,000 fraudulent tax returns since launching the Identity Protection and Fraud Prevention Program in 2014.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that program's system uses an algorithm to flag suspicious returns and an identity-confirmation quiz to protect legitimate taxpayers.
Eva Velasquez, CEO of San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center, calls Indiana's program "almost a model process."
Velasquez says the agency is "essentially doing what we need to do on a grander scale."
Economic analyst Mark Hamrick says technology has made it easier for criminals to hack personal information.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Indiana sees drop in fraudulent tax returns
- Indiana continues to see teacher shortage amid drop in pay
- Indiana residents could soon see online sales tax
- New law aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions
- Vermillion County woman arrested for fraudulent credit card charges
- Vincennes tax preparer federally sentenced for false tax returns
- Southern Indiana sees more venomous black widows
- Indiana lawmakers returning for possibly contentious session
- Imprisoned ex-Indiana pastor wants electronics returned
- Gas tax set to begin in Indiana