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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.
Identity Theft In The News
According to a 2018 survey, nearly 60 million Americans have dealt with identity theft at some point in their lives. While many people assume that strangers are the only threat, some people have their identities stolen by someone they know. Since friends ...
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 03:12:00 GMT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO - Search Warrant, West Washington Street: While executing a search warrant for stolen property in a Cleveland home 9 a.m. May 16 with Cleveland police and Valley Enforcement Group, Chagrin Falls officers found the suspect at the home.
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 22:10:00 GMT
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SubscriberWise, the nation's largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the continued legislative advocacy and activism from David E.
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 18:55:00 GMT
A U.S. District judge sentenced former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, a Democrat from Pikeville, to two years in prison Thursday for one count of aggravated identity theft. The former lawmaker is already serving a 7-year sentence stemming from a separate ...
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:00 GMT
SPRINGFIELD -- A Longmeadow man with a previous illegal betting conviction has been charged in U.S. District Court with credit card fraud and identity theft. Talal H. Soffan, 45, was indicted by a grand jury on 33 criminal counts primarily related to ...
Published: Thu, 24 May 2018 03:50:00 GMT
Your medical information is a goldmine for fraudsters. By stealing your electronic health records and other forms, thieves can discover everything from your Social Security number to previous diagnoses and current prescriptions. "Your medical file is about ...
Published: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT
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