ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Filing fraud hits hard in the middle of tax season and local police worry it could get worse.
Maryland Heights police is already reporting 21 complaints of stolen income tax refunds.
Kirkwood, Chesterfield and Clayton report above average fraud numbers as well.
Not only do thieves steal your refund, they also create major headaches and security issues in your financial life.
Last year the IRS estimates it paid out $5.2 billion dollars in phony tax refunds to thieves.
Many viewers called in Monday night to ask experts in our call center about ways to secure your credit.