The Cuyahoga County Scam Squad is sending a warning...scammers could be after your tax rebate.

It happens again and again. Scammers use your social security number to file a tax return in your name and then, they collect 'your rebate.'

But there are things you can do to protect yourself.

"You want to file your tax return early," says Larissa Bungo of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. "If you are filing electronically, make sure your connection is secure. If you are mailing it, take it directly to the post office. Don't leave it in a mailbox where someone may be able to pick it up."

If you get word from the IRS that a tax return has already been filed, you should report the fraud by calling 800-908-4490 or go to

You can also contact the Scam Squad to report any kind of scam at 216-443-7035.