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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.

 

Your Legal Rights: Credit report security freezes and fraud alerts: what's the difference

For more information about fraud alerts, credit freezes, credit reports, and identity theft, contact the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400, St. Paul, MN 55101. Call (651) 296-3353 or (800) 657-3787.

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 12:55:00 GMT



MN attorney general says newer, sophisticated scams victimizing Minnesotans

DEERWOOD, Minn.-Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was in Deerwood Monday, May 7, "spreading the word" on a wave of newer, modern variants of traditional phone scams that are creating a surge in fraud and identity theft plaguing Minnesotans and ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 09:08:00 GMT



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



New warning: Beware of fake calls posing as Minnesota Health Department

PAUL, MN (Valley News Live) Minnesotans and the Minnesota Department ... If you have been the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department.

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 16:25:00 GMT



Minnesota Department of Health warns of fraudulent calls posing as health department

Minnesotans and the Minnesota Department of Health appear to have been ... If you have been the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department.

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 19:03:00 GMT



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