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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.


Brooklyn Center Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Tax Fraud, Identity Theft

The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Wednesday that ... of conspiracy to defraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. A release said Ellis Alance Banks, 53, was ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:21:00 GMT

Indian ex-Tesla employee charged in $9.3 mn embezzlement scheme

Salil Parulekar has been charged with nine counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, the maximum penalty for each count of wire fraud is twenty years' imprisonment ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:57:00 GMT

Indian ex-Tesla employee charged for embezzling $9.3mn, identity theft

Salil Parulekar has been charged with nine counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, the maximum penalty for each count of wire fraud is twenty years' imprisonment ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:37:00 GMT

Laker Pioneer Community Calendar, Nov 10

Questions Call 952.472.5365 and ask for Nancy. Calvary Memorial Church is at 2420 Dunwoody Ave., Navarre, MN 55391 PROGRAM: "SCAMS, IDENTITY THEFT, FRAUD AND MORE" - Stop by the Gillespie Center in Mo...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 11:47:00 GMT

Errant Phone Message Is a "Text"-book Case for Voter-ID Laws

Consider the case of Hannan Yassi Aboubaker, who in 2016 submitted an absentee ballot in Minnesota and then voted in person in ... faith efforts to secure the ballot box against fraud and theft. Voter...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:45:00 GMT

Ex Scorpions boss in fraud trial claims DA' s Glynnis Breytenbach framed him

Malala Ledwaba - who is a lawyer and is representing himself in his fraud, obstruction of justice and corruption case - is accused of depositing R10000 into Willem van Zyl's account a few days before ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:06:00 GMT

As labor market tightens, Minnesota employers eye benefits changes

Minnesota's tightening labor market and lower individual ... One focus is on offering new categories of voluntary benefits, ranging from identity-theft insurance to hospital indemnity coverage, which ...

Published:  Thu, 01 Nov 2018 04:32:00 GMT

Northwest Minnesota chiropractor indicted for insurance fraud, identity theft

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Federal prosecutors have accused a Thief River Falls chiropractor of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota annou...

Published:  Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:33:00 GMT

Thief River Falls chiropractor federally indicted on fraud, identity theft charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Wednesday it would prosecute Steven Richard Wiseth, 35, on six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. The owner of Health Q...

Published:  Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:50:00 GMT

Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

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

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:50:00 GMT

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