The IRS is cracking down on criminals who steal Social Security numbers and try to file false tax returns.
The number of identity thefts during tax season is on the rise, according to IRS officials.
Pete and Amanda Philbrick take a lot of precautions when it comes to identity theft.
"We shred everything," said Pete Philbrick. "We are very careful. I never give my Social Security number out. I never give out personal information."
The Phoenix couple, however, still became victims of identity theft.
"Somebody, somehow had stolen my husband's identification," said Amanda Philbrick.
The Philbricks are among a growing number of identity theft victims being targeted at tax time.
The IRS estimates more than 400,000 people were victimized from mid 2009 to the end of 2011. That's why the feds are stepping up efforts to stop criminals who use stolen Social Security numbers to cash in with Uncle Sam.
The identity thief who hit the Philbricks last year was wired $8,000 from the IRS to a bank in Florida, and the money was placed on a pre-paid credit card, the Philbricks said.