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Alaska ranks 43rd in the nation with respect to identity theft, with an average occurrence of 44.8 reported cases for every 100,000 residents. However, for the 313 individuals who reported identity theft in a recent year, their lives were negatively impacted by this emerging crime.
One of the more recent forms of identity theft is tax-related, as criminals take a stolen social security number and use it to file a tax return to claim a fraudulent refund. Victims are often unaware of this theft until they try to file their tax return and discover that another one was filed early in the year using their SSN. The IRS has provided a list of warning signs for tax-related identity theft, such as receiving an IRS notice that more than one tax return was filed with a particular SSN; IRS records indicating that wages were received from an employer not recognized by the individual; or taxpayers find out that they owe additional tax or have had collection actions taken against them for a year in which they did not file a return.
For Alaska residents who suspect that they have been a victim of identity theft, it is recommended that they file a report with the local police department, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, contact one of the three primary credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) to establish a fraud alert on their credit records, and to take the steps necessary to close any accounts that were opened fraudulently. In addition, Alaskans who believe that they have been a victim of tax-related identity theft should respond immediately to any IRS notice received by mail, as well as complete the Identity Theft Affidavit provided by the IRS.
Also, Identity Theft Protection services are available from a number of reputable companies, to help individuals in Alaska not only prevent identity theft but also to manage the necessary steps if such theft should occur.
Identity Theft In The News
KNOX COUNTY - Ashley Wright, a Knox County Schools teacher who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and stealing thousands of dollars from friends, family, and other Knox County Schools teachers, ...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:00 GMT
If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent, you're not done yet-your kid could very well end up as a victim. More than 1 million children in the ...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT
A clerk inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles who was accused of using her computer access to commit bank fraud and identity theft was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to three ye...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT
A Bronx man was indicted for stealing a Justice Department lawyer's identity to buy two big-ticket Beemers at a Westchester dealership, prosecutors said Wednesday. Anthony Williams, 29, pleaded not gu...
Published: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
A former senior auditor in the Special Investigations Division of the State Auditor's Office is wanted on charges of identity theft and altering driver's licenses. An affidavit seeking an arrest warra...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT
"The fact that any company can now harvest third party data means that they have a far greater responsibility to protect the data, particularly under the current regulatory landscape." It seems that e...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:58:00 GMT
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