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Better Business Bureau Warns of Tax Preparer Fraud

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Wednesday was the first day for people to file their federal income tax returns, but the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of some crooks out there.

They call it tax preparer fraud. It's when a preparer alters return information without their clients' knowledge or consent, to try to divert refunds for their personal benefit. Often, the taxpayer is not aware of what happened until it's too late.

"Look for credentials. Like I say, you can do tax forms with no credentials," said Alan Bligh, regional director of the Better Business Bureau. "There's cases where people commit fraud by making up credentials."

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