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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.
Identity Theft In The News
A Woodbury man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in July to identity theft and another charge in connection to a scheme in which authorities say he ...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT
Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal ...
Published: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:01:00 GMT
Detectives with The Colony Police Department know that identity theft across the nation is growing and that their city isn't immune to it. They would know. They've seen plenty of cases.
Published: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:29:00 GMT
Identity theft victims don't necessarily have to be adults. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than ...
Published: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT
The Webster Memorial United Church is set to stage an informative advocacy forum entitled 'Scamming and Identify Theft"¦ Honesty Gone South' at the Half-Way-Tree Road church on Thursday ...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:24:00 GMT
This post was contributed by a community member. Every two seconds someone's identity is stolen. Shark Shredding has had the honor to be chosen as the local shredding company for many ...
Published: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:55:00 GMT
Millcreek Township police are asking for the public's help to identify a woman photographed at the Walmart store at 5250 West Ridge Road in Millcreek on Aug. 16. The woman is a suspect in a retail the...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:00 GMT
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