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Identity Theft in Colorado

Colorado MapColorado ranks ninth-highest in America when considering identity theft, with an average of 95 cases reported for every 100,000 residents. For the nearly 5,000 individuals who reported identity theft in a recent year, their lives were deeply affected by this crime that is becoming more prevalent in the nation as a whole.

One newer form of identity theft is tax-related, as thieves use stolen social security numbers to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. Residents are often unaware of this victimization until they attempt to file their tax return and find that another was already filed earlier using their SSN. The IRS recently published a list of warning signs for tax-related identity theft, such as IRS records indicating that wages were received from an employer not recognized by the individual; receiving an IRS notice that multiple tax returns were filed with a specific SSN; or taxpayers are notified 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 Colorado residents who suspect that they have experienced identity theft, it is suggested that they file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, file a report with the local police department, contact one of the three primary credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to establish a fraud alert on their accounts, and to close any accounts that were opened fraudulently. In addition, people in Colorado who suspect 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 online at

Finally, Identity Theft Protection services can be purchased through a number of reputable companies, to help individuals in Colorado not only prevent identity theft but also to manage the necessary measures if such a crime should come to impact their lives.


What to do when personal identity theft becomes a professional problem

One in 3 identity theft victims say they experienced difficulties at their place of employment, either with their boss or co-workers, as a result of the crime, according an initial analysis of 2017 tr...

Published:  Tue, 08 Jan 2019 06:32:00 GMT

Rowan Co. sheriffs searching for man accused of identity theft

A man is accused of compromising a victim's credit card, driver's license and personal information to open up numerous accounts and purchase items. (Rowan County Sheriff's Office) ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WB...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:25:00 GMT

Getting your life hacked: 10% of Americans are victims of identity theft or fraud - totaling $17.5 billion in losses, government data shows

An estimated 26 million Americans were victims of identity theft or fraud - costing its victims $17.5 billion in 2016, the most recent year for which government data was available. That amounts to 10 ...

Published:  Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:32:00 GMT

Multi-agency 'strike team' puts heat on retail thieves in Colorado

It is a unique example in Colorado of collaboration and information-sharing across jurisdictional boundaries and even state lines. Two arrests in a counterfeiting case out of Long Tree. Three collars ...

Published:  Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:50:00 GMT

Texas man pleads guilty in effort to defraud Martin Guitar

Michael Glenn Barnes, 37, of Gun Barrel City, Texas, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Easton to dozens of counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Under a plea agreem...

Published:  Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:55:00 GMT

Identity Thieves Could Be Targeting Your Tax Returns. Here's How to Protect Yourself

Criminals may try to trick you into providing information through phone or email phishing scams or steal personal information through a data breach, said Adam Levin, co-founder of identity protection ...

Published:  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 06:17:00 GMT

People are panicking because they can't report identity theft during government shutdown

... services-for example my identity was stolen Monday and is down due to the shutdown - Rob Hornick (@robhornick) January 9, 2019 Reporting identity theft in a timely manner i...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:28:00 GMT

Police nab seven suspects in Keller identity theft scheme

Keller police are still at a home where a theft ring was busted up early this morning. 7 people were arrested. The windows on the home are broken, investigators are loading things into vehicles. More: ...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 04:39:00 GMT

Scammers targeting Colorado's small businesses

DENVER -- Colorado consistently ranks among the top 10 states for fraud and identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Small business owners are now becoming popular targets for ...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:40:00 GMT

Victim of identity theft felt like her life "had been invaded"

Haughin must complete a six-month night-time curfew and rehabilitation. The judge also made a £1,027.87 compensation order for "identity theft" offending which, he concluded, was both "sustained" and ...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:26:00 GMT

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