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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
FAYETTEVILLE - A woman who claimed she was a doctor to scam patients, including some in Northwest Arkansas, was sentenced in Alabama to more than six years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that included wire fraud and identity theft.
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT
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Published: Thu, 17 May 2018 16:24:00 GMT
LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN. ABOUT 1 TO 3 MILLION CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY CHILDHOOD IDENTITY THEFT. 50% ARE YOUNGER THAN SIX YEARS OLD ACCORDING TO TO ROBERT CHAPELL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND AUTHOR OF CHILD IDENTITY THEFT WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW.
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:22:00 GMT
MARICOPA - Maricopa Police officer Ricardo Alvarado has a case that's stumped him for 12 years. An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make ...
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT
CORTLANDT - State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Noralisa Diaz, 30, of Brooklyn, for Identity Theft and Grand Larceny, both as felonies. In January, victims had a fraudulent withdrawal of $8,000 from personal bank accounts. Investigation ...
Published: Sun, 20 May 2018 02:38:00 GMT
Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a pair of shoplifters. On May 15, a theft occurred at Jumbo Food, 2311 W. Willow. The reporting party said on May 15 a man and woman entered the store and took two 5-pound packages of meat ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT
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