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Identity Theft in Louisiana

In a typical year, more than 3,200 residents of Louisiana are the victims of identity theft. This crime affects lives deeply, as criminals take personal identification and use it to open new lines of credit, get expensive medical treatments and surgeries, buy automobiles, rent apartments, and drain savings and checking accounts. Unfortunately, many instances of identity theft go undetected until after they have made a significant negative impact on victims' lives, sometimes resulting in an inability to get a mortgage or even in false imprisonment.

Another form of this crime that is on the rise in Louisiana is tax-related identity theft. The IRS has reported that many taxpayers are finding out that their information was used to file a fraudulent tax return, and that criminals walked away with the tax refund they were anticipating by filing the return earlier in the year.

What can people in Louisiana do to better protect themselves against identity theft? Identity Theft Protection services offer customers 24-hour coverage and monitoring of all of their accounts (bank, credit, etc.) and personal information, and their advanced software detects any suspicious activity within a matter of moments. This gives customers greater peace of mind, knowing that any identity theft is likely to be both detected and resolved quickly, rather than only coming to light when severe damage has already been done.

It is also important for Louisiana residents to protect their personal information carefully. Social security numbers should not be given out to any individual or business unless it has first been determined how that information will be used and safeguarded. Fake emails are also common, which try to get recipients to disclose account numbers and passwords; most banks and credit card companies will never send attachments by email, but rather store important messages securely within users' online accounts. Finally, computers' hard drives should be completely wiped before they are recycled or sold.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

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



How to avoid identity theft

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



Cops to discuss identity theft in The Colony

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



Protect your child from identity theft

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



'Scamming and identity theft" honesty gone south'

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



Shark Shredding Raises Awareness of ID Theft at Local Shred Events

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 police ask for help to ID theft suspect

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



Toms River identity theft victim: Bank of America held my $1,800 hostage

Toms River identity theft victim: Bank of America held my $1,800 hostage An impostor pretended to be Grace Carr to cash a check worth nearly $1,800. Bank of America had 90 days to freeze that money du...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 02:22:00 GMT



These Michigan teens just slayed their student ID photos

#NFID19 pic.twitter.com/g0g5bnd3PC - Gwyn Watson (@GwynWatson_) September 13, 2018 "Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!" #NFID19 pic.twitter.com/qv74dPO7JG - Erik Elwell (@elwell_erik) September 13, 20...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:19:00 GMT



Kelihos botnet operator jailed for account theft, ID trading in the Dark Web

A Russian man has pleaded guilty for running the Kelihos botnet which was used to facilitate a massive spam and credential-harvesting operation worldwide. On Wednesday, US law enforcement said that Pe...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:28:44 GMT




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