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Identity Theft in Alaska

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.


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Identity Theft In The News

Routine Queens traffic stop leads to assault on NYC cop and exposes 17-year identity theft scam

A Queens man's long-running identity theft scam was exposed after he ran a red light, fled a traffic stop - and dragged a city cop for two blocks before wrecking his car. Joel Burnett, 40, faces a 13 ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:21:00 GMT

Supreme Court to decide if states can prosecute undocumented immigrants for identity theft

WASHINGTON - Undocumented immigrants who use false Social Security numbers to get jobs would be easier to prosecute under a case the Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday. The justices will hear Kansas' ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:03:00 GMT

How to protect your child from identity theft

Well before some children take their first math class or even learn how to count, they have become victims of identity theft. Javelin Strategy Research says more than one million children were ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:57:00 GMT

Supreme Court agrees to hear identity theft case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could make it more difficult for states to prosecute identity theft and other crimes. The high court agreed Monday to take a case ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:09:00 GMT

What We Don't Know About Identity Theft CAN Hurt Us

But the more you know, the better you can protect yourself. We conducted an exclusive MoneyTips Google survey in 2018 to see how much people knew about identity theft and the credit bureaus. Do you ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:19:00 GMT

North Haven police make arrest in alleged identity theft investigation

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Police arrested a New Haven woman suspected of committing identity theft to patients at a disorder treatment center in North Haven. North Haven police arrested Kimberly ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:02:00 GMT

Amarillo League of Women Voters' March meeting to cover identity theft

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo League of Women Voters will host their March meeting this Wednesday, focusing on identity theft and how to avoid being a victim. On March 20, The Amarillo League of ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:49:00 GMT

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