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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.

 

Synthetic-identity fraud - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

If you would like to monitor your credit to prevent identity theft and see your credit reports and scores, check out Credit Manager by MoneyTips. As defensive tactics against identity theft increase, criminals are shifting toward a new tactic synthetic ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 07:10:00 GMT



LegalShield Provider Law Firm Attorneys Elected to Group Legal Services Association Board of Directors

He is licensed in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and maintains an ... LegalShield is one of North America's leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft for individuals, families and small businesses.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:45:00 GMT



Riess pleads not guilty in death of Florida woman

cash and identity. Riess remains in custody in the Lee County Jail. Dubbed "Losing Streak Lois," Riess also faces the additional charges of grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle and criminal use of personal identification in Florida. She is also ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 17:25:00 GMT



Check It Out: Author to talk about her novel that's told in verse

Brouwer is a Chicago native who moved to Louisiana more than a decade ago ... For information, call (985) 646-6770. IDENTITY THEFT CLASS: Adults can learn how to keep their information safe and avoid identity theft at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the South Slidell ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT



The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet ... Three states in the South-Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi-are rich in petroleum oil, while three Mid-Atlantic states-Virginia, West ...

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



Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill leads to identity-theft ring, police say

PEARL RIVER, La. - Louisiana police say an unpaid $7 Waffle House bill has led them to make two arrests and break a Los Angeles-based identity theft ring. Pearl River police said investigators were told two men drove off in a U-Haul van after stiffing ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 12:34:00 GMT



Walker County blogger wanted for theft nabbed hiding in southwest Alabama bedroom

"So, as no answers are coming from Walker County SO more than 24 hours after questions were initially asked, we ask yet again, for the identity ... California, Louisiana, and Texas. Hammond also has previous Alabama arrests for burglary, theft, receiving ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 15:30:00 GMT



LSU Health releases statement about doctor being indicted

Owings, of Shreveport, on one count each of theft of government property and concealing that ... Now a book purports to reveal his identity. D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane in 1971, took a $200,000 ransom and parachuted into the night, disappearing forever.

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:55:00 GMT



A man was sentenced to prison for trying to hack Trump's tax return - here's how to safeguard yours

A Louisiana man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after ... took down the online federal aid application tool in 2017 due to concerns about identity theft, but reinstated it after affordable college advocates said it would create a major barrier to ...

Published:  Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:29:00 GMT



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