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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

You can still fall victim to identity theft with a fraud alert in place

With all the security breaches in the news, you've decided to protect your credit by placing a fraud alert on your account with the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:00 GMT



From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT



Identity Theft/Forgery/False Identification/Burglary Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, San Bruno Police Officers responded to the United States Post Office, located at 1300 Huntington Avenue in San Bruno regarding a mail theft ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:35:00 GMT



Cyber criminals abuse US Postal Service Informed Delivery for ID theft

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Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:25:00 GMT



United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

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Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT



Man arrested for identity theft, fraud

A San Francisco man was arrested for identity theft, fraud and other charges at the U.S. post office in San Bruno Thursday evening after a postal inspector investigation, according to police. At appro...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:15:00 GMT



Norwalk man charged with identity theft, other charges

NORWALK - A 24-year-old Norwalk man was charged with identity theft, illegal use of a credit card and other charges Tuesday morning. Police said they received a call Oct. 4 from a person who said cred...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT



Chesterfield man who began stealing 12 days after leaving halfway house gets 15 months for ID theft

ST. LOUIS " A man from Chesterfield who started stealing from a store 12 days after being released from a halfway house on other federal charges was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for ident...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:08:00 GMT




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