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Identity Theft in Minnesota

While Minnesota experiences lower incidences of identity theft than many other states in America - 54.6 out of every 100,000 inhabitants - its effects are still irritating at best and devastating at worst for the nearly 3,000 Minnesotans who report identity theft in an average 12-month period. This intrusion in one's life can make it harder to get credit when needed (e.g. a mortgage, car loan or student loan), more difficult to get a job or rent an apartment, and in some cases it can even result in false imprisonment for crimes committed by criminals using someone else's good name and reputation.

The IRS has stated that tax-related identity theft is also on the rise, and is often not discovered by a taxpayer until he goes to file his return for the year and learns that another return was filed earlier, by a thief who also walked away with his refund!

Fortunately, Minnesota residents can do several things to avoid becoming victims of identity theft. Because many thieves target online activities, Internet users should be on the lookout for impersonators who send emails asking for personal information on behalf of a bank or credit card company in the hopes of stealing that data. In general, it is wise to go directly to a company's website directly and make any inquiries in that manner, or to call the customer service number given on account statements or on the bank of credit/debit cards. Strong passwords can also help prevent unauthorized access to accounts; one should never use family names, common words, or the word "password", but instead use a combination of letters and numbers that are meaningful.

In addition, Identity Theft Protection services are available in Minnesota, offering customers the ability to have 24/7 monitoring of their bank accounts, credit cards, and their personally-identifying information, which will detect suspicious activity and stop it from escalating into a larger problem.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Dayton Signs Bill Aimed at Protecting Children From Identity Theft

The investigation above aired in 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill over the weekend allowing parents or guardians the ability to place a credit security freeze on their child's name to protect them from possible financial identity theft. Rep.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 11:20:00 GMT



Stephens City man sentenced for identity theft

A Stephens City man who used hospital patients' names on checks and credit cards for $26,182 worth of identity theft will spend up to two years in federal prison. Ajarhi Savimi Roberts was sentenced Monday in a plea bargain U.S. District Court in ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 19:21:00 GMT



Court orders man to pay $2M in child support in 'bizarre' case involving identity theft

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:34:00 GMT



American Consumer Credit Counseling on Damage Control After Identity Theft

Every year consumers fall victim to identity theft. Not only can identity theft empty a consumer's bank account, but it can also prolong any future financial plans. With the growth in anonymous transactions and easy accessibility to accounts online, it is ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 03:43:00 GMT



Ontonagon couple becomes DIY identity theft consultants

ONTONAGON - Faced with identity theft and no legal protection, Bob and JoAnn Hartle took matters into their own hands. The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT




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