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Identity Theft in Minnesota

Minnesota MapWhile Minnesota experiences lower incidences of identity theft than many other states in America - 54.6 out of every 100,000 inhabitants - its effects are still irritating at best and devastating at worst for the nearly 3,000 Minnesotans who report identity theft in an average 12-month period. This intrusion in one's life can make it harder to get credit when needed (e.g. a mortgage, car loan or student loan), more difficult to get a job or rent an apartment, and in some cases it can even result in false imprisonment for crimes committed by criminals using someone else's good name and reputation.

The IRS has stated that tax-related identity theft is also on the rise, and is often not discovered by a taxpayer until he goes to file his return for the year and learns that another return was filed earlier, by a thief who also walked away with his refund!

Fortunately, Minnesota residents can do several things to avoid becoming victims of identity theft. Because many thieves target online activities, Internet users should be on the lookout for impersonators who send emails asking for personal information on behalf of a bank or credit card company in the hopes of stealing that data. In general, it is wise to go directly to a company's website directly and make any inquiries in that manner, or to call the customer service number given on account statements or on the bank of credit/debit cards. Strong passwords can also help prevent unauthorized access to accounts; one should never use family names, common words, or the word "password", but instead use a combination of letters and numbers that are meaningful.

In addition, Identity Theft Protection services are available in Minnesota, offering customers the ability to have 24/7 monitoring of their bank accounts, credit cards, and their personally-identifying information, which will detect suspicious activity and stop it from escalating into a larger problem.


Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

Hai Jay Phu Vu pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft and one count of obtaining ... A criminal complaint said the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT

How and why to freeze your credit

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Identity theft is a major problem nationwide. Consumers can take a new step to prevent this from affecting their families. Lisa Jemtrud, Vice President Community Relations at BB...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:57:00 GMT

Minnesota's top jurist warns citizens of jury duty scam again making the rounds

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea said the predators demand money or private information for identity theft purposes. "Counties and district courts are hearing, once again, that sc...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:11:00 GMT

Glastonbury ID "˜phisher' gets 2 ½ yrs.

Ojo pleaded guilty June 21 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Authorities say Ojo's conviction ... also involving the Groton Public Schools, an...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:20:00 GMT

2 Senteced On Wire Fraud, ID Theft Counts

Two co-conspirators in a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft conspiracy involving credit card skimmers ... including Virginia, Ohio, Nebraska, and Minnesota. On July 10, 2017, police approached V...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:51:00 GMT

Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers found 13 years later. But the search continues for those responsible, FBI says

They disappeared in August 2005 from a museum dedicated to the actress in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The theft sparked years of rumors and dead-end leads. Finally, a tip last summer led ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 03:21:00 GMT

New Law Allows Free Credit Freeze

The Minnesota Commerce Department wants Minnesotans to know ... The new law also allows you to freeze your children's credit files at no cost to prevent identity theft.

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:02:00 GMT

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