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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.


Louisiana state income tax filing begins Monday, Jan. 28

Updated printed forms will not be available before Jan. 28. LDR has implemented enhanced security measures to protect Louisiana taxpayers from identity theft and other types of tax fraud. If returns d...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:35:00 GMT

Illegal immigrant living in Hammond arrested for child pornography, identity theft

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office arrested Victor Velazquez on two counts of possession of sexual images or videos of children under the age of 13 and one count of identity theft, according to Lan...

Published:  Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:51:00 GMT

Attorney General Becerra urges Social Security Administration to prioritize updates preventing identity fraud

Synthetic identity theft occurs when identity thieves use real Social Security ... Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ne...

Published:  Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:59:00 GMT

State Attorney General Joins Coalition Against Identity Theft

Synthetic identity theft occurs when criminals combine real social security ... Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New H...

Published:  Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:33:00 GMT

Authorities think they thwarted the potential theft of $600,000 a year

Morgan, 39, of the 200 block of Preston Avenue in Shreveport, 1 count each of computer fraud, forgery and identity theft (KSLA) - Authorities think the recent arrests of two Northwest Louisiana woman ...

Published:  Sun, 30 Sep 2018 20:20:00 GMT

Brazilian pleads guilty in Louisiana identity theft scheme

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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 ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:33:00 GMT

10-year sentence in woman's identity theft employment scheme

A Louisiana woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison ... In April, a parish jury found White guilty of identity theft after just 15 minutes of deliberation. Prosecutors said White lifted the res...

Published:  Wed, 30 May 2018 06:04:00 GMT

IDENTITY THEFT: Woman steals ID to get six-figure job, but can't do the work

White was accused of emptying a co-worker's bank account through identity theft while working for the Orleans Parish ... deal to sell many Popeyes recipes to Atlanta-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen In...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:40:00 GMT

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