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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.
Identity Theft In The News
ATLANTA (AP) - A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Justice Department s...
Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:09:00 GMT
(HELENA) that Katherine Marie Krieger of Helena was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $236,924.17 restitution for stealing a person's identit...
Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:35:00 GMT
A Madison man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Thursday for stealing the identity of a eBay user so he could sell non-existent items on the website. James Dudgeon, 60, was sentenced by ...
Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:16:00 GMT
Consumers increasingly want eco-friendly products. Now, Swiss specialty textile effects company HeiQ has partnered with DuPont to deliver this for leather goods-a PFC-free water repellent. The compani...
Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:07:00 GMT
LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...
Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT
SAN RAMON, Calif., November 15, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Consumer data breaches are nothing new. In 2018, alone, cybercriminals compromised the information of customers at Sears, Macy's, Kmart, Delta and ...
Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT
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