Safeguarding your family from scam, fraud and identity theft

The Internal Revenue Service has put out a warning to American TMs about their tax returns.

About 1 million tax returns have been identified as potentially fraudulent and that number is 72 percent up from 2011.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area is among the top in the nation for identity theft according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The area rank number 34 in the top 50 Metropolitan areas. El Paso, Sherman-Denison and Laredo were ranked above that.

Dolores Salinas with the Better Business Bureau, provided Action 4 Sunrise viewers with some safety tips on how they can safeguard themselves from scams, fraud and identity theft.

To help prevent your identity from being stolen she suggests people need to be on constant alert of when dealing with money.

By reviewing financial statements, being wary of tax services, checking credit reports and earning statements, people can better keep track of where there money is going.

Wallets should also be cleaned out on a regular basis.

Dolores also suggested to strengthen online passwords, especially when banking online.

When it comes to emails, do not open emails that you do not recognize and be very suspicious about emails that have to do with financial matters.

Anyone who would like more information from the Better Business Bureau can call (956) 969-1804.