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Identity Theft in Louisiana

Louisiana MapIn a typical year, more than 3,200 residents of Louisiana are the victims of identity theft. This crime affects lives deeply, as criminals take personal identification and use it to open new lines of credit, get expensive medical treatments and surgeries, buy automobiles, rent apartments, and drain savings and checking accounts. Unfortunately, many instances of identity theft go undetected until after they have made a significant negative impact on victims' lives, sometimes resulting in an inability to get a mortgage or even in false imprisonment.

Another form of this crime that is on the rise in Louisiana is tax-related identity theft. The IRS has reported that many taxpayers are finding out that their information was used to file a fraudulent tax return, and that criminals walked away with the tax refund they were anticipating by filing the return earlier in the year.

What can people in Louisiana do to better protect themselves against identity theft? Identity Theft Protection services offer customers 24-hour coverage and monitoring of all of their accounts (bank, credit, etc.) and personal information, and their advanced software detects any suspicious activity within a matter of moments. This gives customers greater peace of mind, knowing that any identity theft is likely to be both detected and resolved quickly, rather than only coming to light when severe damage has already been done.

It is also important for Louisiana residents to protect their personal information carefully. Social security numbers should not be given out to any individual or business unless it has first been determined how that information will be used and safeguarded. Fake emails are also common, which try to get recipients to disclose account numbers and passwords; most banks and credit card companies will never send attachments by email, but rather store important messages securely within users' online accounts. Finally, computers' hard drives should be completely wiped before they are recycled or sold.

 

Washington Parish inmate taken to hospital, police investigating

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police and the FBI are now investigating ... but he's fine and back at the jail. He is being held on identity theft charges. She is worried about his safety and wa...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:57:00 GMT



Sex Offender arrested for Identity Theft, Theft and Failure to Register/Notify as a Sex Offender

PRESS RELEASE - On Friday September 7, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., the Lake Charles Police Department Detectives arrested Louisiana Sex Offender, Michael John Landry, 51, for Identity Theft, Theft and Failure ...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:58:00 GMT



Sex offender arrested, uses victim's identity for online purchases

On Friday September 7, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., the Lake Charles Police Department Detectives arrested Louisiana Sex Offender, Michael John Landry, 51 years of age, for Identity Theft, Theft and Failure to ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:05:00 GMT



Police believe ex-boyfriend killed missing Phoenix woman found dead

Clark,23, was already in jail on unrelated charges of aggravated identity theft and forgery. He was arrested about ... why they're so pervasive in the Valley right now. Police said a Louisiana woman s...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:18:21 GMT



Sirens: Caller Locks Strange Dog in Bedroom; Hit and Run Suspect Strikes Fence, Flees

Police Arrest Identity Theft Suspect " At 2:13 p.m. Sunday ... Police Arrest Theft Suspect " At 4:06 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue and arrested Matthew ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:37:00 GMT



Brazilian pleads guilty in Louisiana identity theft scheme

NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a 29-year-old Brazilian citizen has pleaded guilty in New Orleans in connection with an identity theft scheme involving credit card skimmers. A Tuesday news relea...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:53:00 GMT



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