Scammers Target Arkansas Doctors, Steal Tax Returns

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LITTLE ROCK, AR — Hackers are targeting dozens of Arkansas physicians, scamming them out of their tax return dollars. In in the course of 3 days, the Arkansas Medical Society says more than 50 physicians reported hackers stole personal information to get their federal tax refund. One Little Rock doctor says more should be done to investigate the fraud.

As each day passes, the Arkansas Medical Society gets more reports from its members. Six called Wednesday saying their tax returns were filed by someone else.

“We don’t know all the specifics of actually how these perpetrators are doing it,” said David Wroten, with the Arkansas Medical Society.

What they do know is hackers apparently got into a national database with physician information. They’re stealing names and social security numbers, then creating W2 forms. So far, more than 50 doctors have been targeted in Arkansas.

“From that many physicians on an issue like this, that sends a red flag,” said Wroten.

One of those physicians, Little Rock Oncologist, Brad Baltz.

“This is even more scary than that because I don’t really know if I have a true identity theft or just an IRS data breach,” said Baltz.

Dr. Baltz found out about his stolen federal tax refund a week after filing his taxes.

“It’s hard to have confidence and faith in the system and be a good citizen, when the system punishes you and gives you no answers for why,” said Baltz.

Baltz was told to file a report with the IRS, he has since contacted lawmakers like Congressman French Hill to look into the fraud.

“I intentionally withhold that extra tax each year knowing I’ll get a refund and so this has altered how I plan my finances for the next six months to a year,” said Baltz.

This problem isn’t just in Arkansas, it’s a national problem. The Arkansas Medical Society doesn’t believe this is attack is random, and with the number of physicians reporting the scam, the group says its just scratching the surface.

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