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Identity Theft in Alaska

Alaska MapAlaska ranks 43rd in the nation with respect to identity theft, with an average occurrence of 44.8 reported cases for every 100,000 residents. However, for the 313 individuals who reported identity theft in a recent year, their lives were negatively impacted by this emerging crime.

One of the more recent forms of identity theft is tax-related, as criminals take a stolen social security number and use it to file a tax return to claim a fraudulent refund. Victims are often unaware of this theft until they try to file their tax return and discover that another one was filed early in the year using their SSN. The IRS has provided a list of warning signs for tax-related identity theft, such as receiving an IRS notice that more than one tax return was filed with a particular SSN; IRS records indicating that wages were received from an employer not recognized by the individual; or taxpayers find out that they owe additional tax or have had collection actions taken against them for a year in which they did not file a return.

For Alaska residents who suspect that they have been a victim of identity theft, it is recommended that they file a report with the local police department, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, contact one of the three primary credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) to establish a fraud alert on their credit records, and to take the steps necessary to close any accounts that were opened fraudulently. In addition, Alaskans who believe that they have been a victim of tax-related identity theft should respond immediately to any IRS notice received by mail, as well as complete the Identity Theft Affidavit provided by the IRS.

Also, Identity Theft Protection services are available from a number of reputable companies, to help individuals in Alaska not only prevent identity theft but also to manage the necessary steps if such theft should occur.


How To Avoid Identity Theft

... can contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit by calling the Identity Theft Hotline at 800-908-4490 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific Standard Time). 6. The IRS Identity Protection ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet ... Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT

CBC/Radio Canada warns employees their financial info may be at risk after theft

Those who receive a letter are being offered a full year of no-cost credit monitoring and identity theft insurance as a safeguard.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 12:24:00 GMT

Cuts lead to charges in Fireweed pawn shop robbery

Jasten Fujishiro, 21, and Terrance Paleka Jr., 28, are each charged with one count of robbery and seven counts of second-degree theft in the April 24 robbery ... said Thursday that police don't have any identity or description available of the third ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 17:24:00 GMT

NY woman charged with identity theft in Mount Pocono

Dorothy Hogue, 27, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged Friday with trying to use someone else's identity to close on a $5,000 loan application at a Mount Pocono bank in June. Hogue entered Wells Fargo's Mount Pocono branch and presented a fake Alaska driver's ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:13:00 GMT

Why you should freeze your child's credit

For years, identity theft expert Eva Velasquez warned parents that freezing ... bureaus to create reports for those under 18 in response to a freeze request are Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana ...

Published:  Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:18:00 GMT

Eleven Identity Theft Arrests -- One Tucson Restaurant

(AP) - A three-month identity-theft investigation by the Department of Public Safety ... The death of a man in a small Alaska town has forced into the open decades-old allegations of sexual abuse against a former school superintendent.

Published:  Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:50:00 GMT

Tax scams are on the rise - here's which states are most and least at risk for identity theft

Tax fraud is top of mind during tax season, but identity theft affects Americans year-round. Both identity theft and credit card fraud have a national average cost between $2,500 and $3,000. Nevada is the worst state for these financial crimes, while ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:53:00 GMT

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