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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.


Progress MN: ID Insight Inc.

"We had been working with big banks on fraud solutions for a number of years, and by 2002 one thing we knew was that ID theft was on the rise." In early 2003, Elliott launched Minneapolis ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 02:04:00 GMT

Woman's arrest sparks new controversy surrounding immigration lawsuit

In February 2018, Worthington police officers arrested de Pineda for identity theft and forgery - an ... by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. "Our lawsuit is all about whether ...

Published:  Sun, 21 Apr 2019 20:49:00 GMT

Ilhan Omar supporters hold rally outside Trump event in Minnesota

Lee Bruno, a Minnesota resident attending the rally ... and CEO Edward Felsenthal joins "CBS This Morning" to reveal this year's list of honorees. Identity theft has never been this cheap - you can ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:23:00 GMT

With over 54 mn users in India, LinkedIn focusses on AI to remove fake profiles

The goal of such people, according to Bruce Johnston, a famed LinkedIn sales and marketing consultant, is to harvest email addresses from connections, identity theft, phishing, spear phishing and ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Apr 2019 21:37:00 GMT

Department of Revenue offers tips ahead of tax filing deadline

and identity theft. The department will take the time necessary to review returns to make sure taxpayer dollars are not getting into the hands of criminals. Visit the Minnesota DOR website to learn ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:38:00 GMT

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