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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.


Homicide victim was confidential informant for APD

He disappeared days after his identity was revealed to two men now facing state and ... Those charges are in addition to state drug charges filed against Eloi; as well as drug, theft and weapons charg...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:29:00 GMT

Convicted Car Thief Apprehended after Two Car Chases and Search in Wasilla

Thomas's identity was verified and troopers would find that Thomas was the subject of a $20,000 warrant for probation violations in connection with a previous vehicle theft conviction.

Published:  Tue, 30 Oct 2018 15:22:00 GMT

Guard against identity theft on annual free shred day

Saturday is the Better Business Bureau and Shred Alaska's annual free shred day, aimed at helping Alaskans protect their identities. It's Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Cent...

Published:  Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:28:00 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 ...

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

Ex-ICE Chief Lawyer Gets 4 Years In Prison For Immigrant Identity Theft

He had overseen immigration proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington since 2011 ... As part of a deal in which Sanchez pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, prosecutor...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:59:00 GMT

Former ICE attorney pleads guilty to stealing immigrants' identities

Raphael Sanchez, 44, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in Western Washington federal court ... Sanchez, ICE's top attorney for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, admitted t...

Published:  Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:50:00 GMT

Ex-Chief Counsel for ICE Sentenced to 4 Years For Identity Theft Scheme

Sanchez, 44, of Seattle, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Aside from the sentence ... who was responsible for immigration removal proce...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jun 2018 07:54:00 GMT

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