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Identity Theft in Colorado

Colorado ranks ninth-highest in America when considering identity theft, with an average of 95 cases reported for every 100,000 residents. For the nearly 5,000 individuals who reported identity theft in a recent year, their lives were deeply affected by this crime that is becoming more prevalent in the nation as a whole.

One newer form of identity theft is tax-related, as thieves use stolen social security numbers to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. Residents are often unaware of this victimization until they attempt to file their tax return and find that another was already filed earlier using their SSN. The IRS recently published a list of warning signs for tax-related identity theft, such as IRS records indicating that wages were received from an employer not recognized by the individual; receiving an IRS notice that multiple tax returns were filed with a specific SSN; or taxpayers are notified 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 Colorado residents who suspect that they have experienced identity theft, it is suggested that they file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, file a report with the local police department, contact one of the three primary credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to establish a fraud alert on their accounts, and to close any accounts that were opened fraudulently. In addition, people in Colorado who suspect 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 online at IRS.gov.

Finally, Identity Theft Protection services can be purchased through a number of reputable companies, to help individuals in Colorado not only prevent identity theft but also to manage the necessary measures if such a crime should come to impact their lives.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT



Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

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Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT



Former employee at state auditors office suspected of license forging, ID theft

"It was enough to make us concerned that there was some type of identity theft going on," Johnson said. That's not all they found. "We found an owners manual for a vehicle, we found a registration for ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:00 GMT



2 Honduran contractors charged with ID theft, fraud, tax evasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Construction contractors, shell companies and tax fraud -- those are some of the charges that have been filed against two Honduran citizens in U.S.District Court in Jacksonville. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT



Can You Survive Identity Theft

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Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT



Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the State Auditor's Offic...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:27:00 GMT



Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme

Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme A Fort Lee man admitted Friday to stealing personal information from current and former members of the U.S. Army as part of a tax fraud ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:59:00 GMT



Tips to guard against ID theft while on vacation

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Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT



Teacher in identity theft case sentenced to 48 hours in jail, two years probation

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




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