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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.


Wigs, weed, stolen cards seized during traffic stop

METAIRIE - A traffic stop Tuesday led to the discovery of stolen driver's licenses, burglary tools and more than a dozen wigs investigators say were part of an organized burglary and identity theft op...

Published:  Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:58:00 GMT

Sirens: Men Steal Wallet, Attempt to Use Credit Cards; Suspect Arrested on Warrant, Identity Theft; Motorcycle Stolen After Rider Runs Out of Gas

The woman did not fall for the scam. "¢ At 6:41 p.m. on Tuesday, a third-degree theft was reported in the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. "¢ At 11:16 a.m. a second-degree theft was reported in ...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Providers from 35 states charged in healthcare fraud crackdown: Here's the breakdown

aggravated identity theft and money laundering. One case involved two false-front medical clinics. Louisiana/Mississippi: Forty-two charged in connection with healthcare fraud, drug diversion and mone...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:52:00 GMT

Florida to seek death penalty against "˜grandma' accused of killing woman to steal her identity

Riess also was indicted by a Florida grand jury for grand theft of a motor vehicle ... Days after Hutchinson's death, Riess stopped at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, WINK reported. She ...

Published:  Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:17:00 GMT

Florida seeks death penalty against woman accused of killing "˜lookalike' for identity

Florida prosecutors have announced that they will seek the death penalty for a Minnesota fugitive who investigators believe killed a woman to assume her identity this spring ... She is also charged wi...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:53:00 GMT

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