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Identity Theft in South Dakota

Identity theft is impacting larger numbers of Americans each year and is a billion-dollar industry for criminals. These thieves use stolen social security numbers, birth dates, names, and other information to walk away with new credit, cash drained from savings and checking accounts, and good names to use as aliases when arrested. This crime affects its victims greatly, as it can be extremely time-consuming and costly to repair one's reputation and credit score, proving that purchases and newly-opened lines of credit were done fraudulently. At its most extreme, identity theft can result in false imprisonment for crimes committed by thieves using someone else's personal information.

The IRS is also reporting an increase in tax-related identity theft. Taxpayers go to file their legitimate tax returns and are told that a return has already been filed using their social security numbers, earlier in the year - and that their refund has already been claimed by the people who turned in the fake returns. The IRS requests that any taxpayers who believe they have been victims of this type of identity theft file a report with them immediately.

In South Dakota, more than two hundred people each year report cases of identity crime. Identity Theft Protection services can protect residents by offering 24-hour monitoring of personal information and put a stop to any potential fraudulent activity before it has the chance to escalate into a larger problem. Customers in South Dakota can have greater peace of mind with having their identity protected round the clock, and any issues addressed quickly and without hassle.

Simple strategies can also go a long way towards protecting sensitive personal information. Even something as basic as keeping social security cards at home, in a safe place, rather than carrying them around in a wallet or purse can prevent identity theft before it happens - in South Dakota and elsewhere.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

BBB tips to avoid identity theft

Scams are designed to either steal your money now, or steal your identity in order to steal your money later. Scammers have all kinds of techniques to collect personally identifiable information (PII) ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:21:00 GMT



ID theft: Use credit freezes to keep your kids, elderly safe from this financial scam

Amy Wang and her husband spent the first six months of 2016 trying to repair their credit after someone redirected their mail and stole tax forms with sensitive information. A Macy's, Bloomingdale's a...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:01:00 GMT



New Medicare cards will offer better ID theft protection

If you have Medicare, you'll be getting a new Medicare card to help protect you from identity fraud. Criminals are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so those numbers have bee...

Published:  Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:21:00 GMT



Wyandotte residents report incidents of identity theft, debit card fraud

Although they don't appear to be related, three Wyandotte residents reported incidents of identity theft and fraud, all on the same day - Sept. 18. The first police report was taken at 11:50 a.m. and ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:13:00 GMT



Identity Theft Service Captures Top Rating from TopConsumerReviews.com

LifeLock, a leading Identity Theft protection service, receives the highest ranking available from TopConsumerReviews.com. We're pleased to give LifeLock a first-place ranking as our top pick for Iden...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:41:00 GMT



New Federal Law Offers Parents Protections From Child Identity Theft

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Starting Sept. 21, 2018, a new federal law will offer you and your children more protection from identity theft. You will be able to place a security freeze on your credit ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:54:00 GMT



Coeur d'Alene woman's quick thinking saves her from identity theft

Surveillance video obtained by KHQ from the McDonald's in Spokane Valley shows an alleged thief who Krystalynn Tekancic says broke into her home while she was moving. "We're pretty sure that the perso...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:10:16 GMT



Fake ID Docs Sold On Websites Targeted By Feds

Discussions about ID theft often involve hackers and cyberattacks gaining access to consumer and payment data. But action from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday (Sept. 18) showed how ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:17:00 GMT



How Experian can protect you from identity theft

Bad news: Identity theft has reached an all-time high. Good news: IdentityWorksSM Plus by Experian is an effective weapon against this rising threat. Criminals can nab far more than just your name on ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:25:00 GMT



To Prevent Identity Theft, Set Up Web Access for Banking, Phone & Other Accounts

Staying offline doesn't keep you safe from online threats. That's bad news for many older Americans. According to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center, 34 percent of senior citizens in the U.S. don ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:17:00 GMT




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