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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.


Wisconsin military families at risk from scams

The Consumer Protection Hotline is available weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer consumer protection-related questions at 800-422-7128 or The Consumer Protection Bureau ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:04:00 GMT

Keep your data off the dark web

You should also monitor your accounts for any sign of identity theft or fraudulent charges in case your measures ... strong passwords that you change frequently, secure Wi-Fi connections, and use of e...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:52:00 GMT

Beware of the Wi-Fi at these 10 highly hackable airports

They generally lack security measures such as protected passwords or encryption. In short, using a public Wi-Fi network can put you at risk of hacking or identity theft. Some public networks are less ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:23:00 GMT

Cuban citizen sentenced to prison for Green Bay area skimming scheme

Alain Ceballos-Rodriguez, 37, committed credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to federal prosecutors ... to buy hundreds of gift cards in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The gi...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:14:00 GMT

These are the 10 airports where you're most likely to be hacked

These attacks can lead to identity theft, which along with debt collection ... There are three major things that you're putting at risk when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, Liwer says. Many mali...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:03:00 GMT

Keep Your Data Off The Dark Web: Economic News You Can Use

You should also monitor your accounts for any sign of identity theft or fraudulent charges in case your measures ... strong passwords that you change frequently, secure Wi-Fi connections, and use of e...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:58:00 GMT

Criminal complaints Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13.

Wisconsin St., Racine, battery ... Hernandez, 5500 block of Byrd Ave., Racine, personal identity theft-avoidance, and obstructing an officer. Olga E. Hernandez, 1200 block of Summit Ave., Racine, batt...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:55:00 GMT

The Future of Credentials

In 2017, a Wisconsin-based company specializing in "micro" markets ... this is likely to keep individuals beyond the reach of a standard attempt at identity theft. By outlining an aggregate approach s...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:40:00 GMT

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