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Tax deadline approaches, some find their taxes have already been filed

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People are racing to file their taxes before the April 15 deadline. 

But some are finding out that their taxes were already filed and someone has stolen their identity, possibly their refund as well.

It's happened to dozens, maybe even hundreds of people in the Tri-State this year alone. Thieves stealing returns worth thousands of dollars. Money these victims were counting on.

"You hear about it, identity theft, but until it really happens, you don't really know how it feels," Scott said.

Scott, whose identity and real name, we've concealed says he's concerned.

"Vulnerable, exposed."  

He's concerned that the thieves who've stolen his identity will strike again.

"The uneasy feeling that somebody out there is using your information. You don't really know when it's going to be over and it may never be over," Scott said. 

This week, the IRS told Scott someone already used his social security number to file a tax return, and it could take more than six months to sort it all out.

"Big headache, and then the not knowing if it's going to happen again or if you're going to have to deal with it next year. Are they going to suddenly open up an account or a credit card in your name, or are they going to attempt to?" Scott wondered.

Scott says he now has to prove that he is who he says he is so his real return can go through, to get the refund he's been counting on.

"Always have plans for the money. There's always something going on. I can't really make plans for that money anymore because I don't really know when it's going to surface," Scott said. 

Evansville police say more and more of these cases are being reported. They say file your taxes early and with a reputable tax service to help avoid some of these issues.

If you think you're a victim, the IRS has information on what to look out for and how to make a report on their website.  

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