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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.

 

Debate over tenant background checks heats up in Minneapolis

Tenant advocates pushing for solutions to Minnesota's affordable housing shortage say policymakers ... By the time she found out she was the victim of identity theft, there was no recourse. "I never ...

Published:  Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:44:00 GMT



Minnesotans warned about genetic testing scams

(FOX 9) - The Minnesota Department of Commerce is warning people about ... cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. "They ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:36:00 GMT



Ex-university staffer pleads guilty in computer theft case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a former University of Minnesota employee accused of using ... pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by swindle. He also pleaded ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Jul 2019 03:33:00 GMT



Rochester wage theft case poses test for new state law

A group of Rochester-area construction workers are pursuing a wage theft claim, testing a new state law that aims to clamp down on companies that don't pay for labor. Minnesota Department of Labor and ...

Published:  Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:26:00 GMT



The Identity Theft Problem in Northfield

During 2018, residents of this statistical area, which includes Northfield, went to the authorities with 3,006 cases of stolen identities, which works out to 85 ID theft complaints for every 100,000 ...

Published:  Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:41:00 GMT



Ex-Lakeville Principal Gets 8.5 Years For Stalking, Burglary, Identity Theft

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - The former principal of a Lakeville middle school has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to stalking, burglary and identity theft. Dakota ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:46:00 GMT



Identity Theft Protection Services Market: Emerging or Tier 3 Players Hold Substantial Revenue Share

The identity theft protection services market witnessed an opportunity worth US$ 7,377 Mn in 2018 and will continue its upward spiral in the forthcoming years. The executive summary of identity theft ...

Published:  Fri, 28 Jun 2019 05:05:00 GMT



Global Identity Theft Protection Services Market Outlook, Industry Status, Demand, Upcoming Trends, Scope to 2028

The report evaluates the size of the identity theft protection services market in terms of value (USD Mn). The study focuses on leading players, supply chain trends, technological innovations, key ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:42:00 GMT



Sauk County charges linked to multi-state identity theft ring

"I suspected it was Sara and Jacob Williams in the still images, because I was investigating a forgery/ID theft ring involving many victims throughout the State of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, & ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:27:00 GMT



Former Minnesota Principal Convicted of Theft, Stalking

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota middle school principal has pleaded guilty to charges of stalking, identity theft and burglary. KARE-TV reports the crimes 51-year-old Christopher Jerome ...

Published:  Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:10:00 GMT



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