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Identity Theft in Wisconsin

Wisconsin MapIn a typical year, more than 2,700 Wisconsin residents report being victims of identity theft. While the overall rate for the state is thirteenth lowest in the nation at a rate of 49.1 cases per 100,000 people in the population, for those affected by this type of crime it is often painful, expensive, and time-consuming to recover from its impact. Identity theft can result in a loss of money as bank accounts are drained before account owners can prevent it, a loss of employment as background checks turn up crimes committed using someone else's name, and even imprisonment for those crimes under a stolen identity.

Taxpayers are also impacted by identity theft, as the IRS reports an increase in fraudulent tax returns. In these situations, criminals file a tax return using a stolen social security number and claim the return, often going undetected until taxpayers attempt to file an honest return and learn that one has already been filed earlier in the year.

Wisconsin residents can choose to do several things to better safeguard their information and be less likely to experience the negative effects of identity theft. First, Identity Theft Protection services provide customers with 24-hour monitoring of personal data such as birth dates, credit accounts, and social security numbers; customers get greater peace of mind knowing that any attempt to use their identity fraudulently will be noticed immediately and blocked before it becomes a larger problem. Next, Wisconsinites should make sure to use passwords that are difficult to guess (i.e. not the word "password", names of family members, or phone numbers) both on their laptops and other devices as well as their online accounts. Finally, any documents containing identifying information - bank statements, receipts, medical statements, and others - should be shredded prior to being recycled or thrown out.

In this manner, most Wisconsin residents have a better chance of avoiding the invasive crime of identity theft.


Federal jury convicts man in ATM skimming scheme

Ionel Muresanu was convicted in the Eastern District of Wisconsin of Possession of 15 or More Counterfeit Access Devices, and three counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. Trial testimony revealed Muresa...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:03:00 GMT

New McAfee Consumer Portfolio Delivers Enhanced Speed, Effectiveness and Security Features

McAfee Identity Theft Protection and McAfee Safe Family are now included ... which provides more efficient scanning and faster malware detection McAfee Mobile Security for iOS - New Wi-Fi Threat Scan ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:16:00 GMT

ID theft sessions in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. - Jeff Kersten of the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will present a pair of programs on identity theft prevention. The sessions will be at noon Friday at the Florence meal site ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:58:00 GMT

Digital Security by ADT launches identity protection nationwide

Digital Security by ADT provides cybersecurity options for every consumer, including different levels of identity theft monitoring and protection, a personal secure virtual network (VPN) for app-based ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Romanian busted in Oshkosh convicted on federal charges in nationwide skimming scheme

11 on four federal charges: possession of 15 or more access devices and three counts of aggravated identity theft. The federal ... including Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:02:00 GMT

Is credit monitoring enough to keep your identity safe

Identity theft can be a time-consuming and costly hassle ... Avoid logging into financial accounts while using public Wi-Fi networks, including those at cafes or airports. " Set and regularly update y...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:34:00 GMT

Madison-area attorney fighting referee's revocation recommendation

A Middleton attorney is appealing a recommendation that his Wisconsin law license be revoked ... where a grand jury indicted Sweeney on charges that included wire fraud and identity theft. As part of ...

Published:  Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:19:00 GMT

Identity Theft Restoration for Veterans of Adams County (Data Breach Victims) - Complimentary From LibertyID

To support the veterans of Adams County who have served honorably, a donation by a generous anonymous donor has allowed LibertyID to provide one year of identity ... theft restoration services to all ...

Published:  Sun, 26 Aug 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Sterling Police Department investigates stolen Uhaul truck, lawn mower

At 8:46 p.m. police responded to the 1300 block of Fillmore St. for a report of identity theft. At 7:21 a.m. police responded to Best Western, 125 Overland Trail, for a report of theft. A black Samsun...

Published:  Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:44:00 GMT

Tips to protect college students from identity theft

Tips for protecting your student include advising them to not log onto public Wi-Fi to check bank information because ... says he worries about thieves targeting college students for identity theft. " ...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 06:40:00 GMT

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