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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.


BBB hosts "Shred Fest' to dispose of paper documents with private information

Information provided by the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana The Better Business Bureau (BBB ... into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it ...

Published:  Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:14:00 GMT

CDC warns of salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna

On Monday, the Louisiana-based company initiated a voluntarily recall ... Edward Felsenthal joins "CBS This Morning" to reveal this year's list of honorees. Identity theft has never been this cheap - ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:38:00 GMT

Police asking for information on Gwinnett County identity theft

Since January, the victim of the identity theft received calls from numerous retailers saying ... as well as cities in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. The victim said existing accounts ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:39:00 GMT

Stolen ID Leads To $5,000 Spending Spree: Police

Gwinnett Police need the public's help in identifying two people related to an identity theft case. (Gwinnett County Police ... Florida; Chalmette, Louisiana; Slidell, Louisiana; and Gulf Port, ...

Published:  Thu, 28 Mar 2019 05:33:00 GMT

Cops: Scammers use Gwinnett woman's identity to spend $5K in 5 states

The woman reported the identity theft to police on Jan. 26 ... Destin, Florida; Chalmette, Louisiana; Slidell, Louisiana; and Gulfport, Mississippi. Police did not release detailed descriptions of the ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:50:00 GMT

Independence woman gets more than 9 years in federal prison for 2016 flood-related fraud

An Independence woman convicted last year on fraud and identity theft related to the August 2016 flooding in south Louisiana was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison Thursday, U.S. ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:34:00 GMT

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