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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.


6 sentenced in Anchorage mail theft ring

David Gonzalez, 37, was sentenced this week to serve 72 months in the case, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder's office said ... defendants in the case ranged from aggravated identity theft and p...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:22:00 GMT

Immigrant identity thief and ICE lawyer gets four years

He used his position as a government lawyer deporting immigrants in Alaska, Oregon and Washington in what courts ... to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, and will ser...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:32:00 GMT

Six Sentenced in Mail Theft Ring

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that ... for conspiracy, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen mail, and passing counterfeit money. David Gonzales, 37, ...

Published:  Sat, 07 Jul 2018 00:12:00 GMT

Former ICE chief lawyer in Seattle gets 4 years for ID 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:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:53:00 GMT

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 Pa...

Published:  Wed, 04 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Shannade Clermont from 'Bad Girls Club' charged in theft

Shannade Clermont was arrested Wednesday on charges including wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors said the man she visited in January 2017 was found dead of a drug overdose the next ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:17:00 GMT

Officials say data breach with links to Russia exposed Alaska public assistance users to identity theft

Hackers may have accessed confidential information for more than 500 Alaskans who had contact with state public assistance programs in the Nome and Fairbanks regions, in a data breach revealed Thursda...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:05:00 GMT

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