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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.


Dayton Signs Bill Aimed at Protecting Children From Identity Theft

Investigative: In the Wrong Hands: Child ID Theft Petersburg said the new law will catch Minnesota up to 27 other states that now allow parents to place a credit freeze in their child's name. That group includes Wisconsin. If a child is already the ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 11:20:00 GMT

182% Increase in ID Records on Darknet With Kids' Personal Info Being Exploited

Referred to as synthetic identity theft, this type of fraud differs from traditional ... number was used to rent a car and open bank accounts and credit cards in Wisconsin. His mother, Wiesje Sammis, said she recently received a perplexing call from ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Family finances: Early alert systems for identity theft

The problem with identity theft is that you probably won't know when your personal data has been stolen -- or even whether you've been a victim. Enter ID theft protection services. For $10 to $30 a month, they will alert you via text, email or mobile app ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 10:12:00 GMT

Racine woman charged for Walmart thefts

Because Andrews did not have a receipt for the bed, the worker at the return desk took a scan of her ID before giving her ... one of them for retail theft. Andrews has a history of retail theft convictions in Wisconsin dating back to 1991.

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 17:15:00 GMT

5 reasons you should be concerned about identity theft

Your online activities that are apparent in the digital footprint left behind when surfing the web can leave you susceptible to identity theft. For instance, logging onto unprotected Wi-Fi is not recommended as this will leave you vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 05:35:00 GMT

Man gets 3 years prison for identity theft, forgery

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Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 06:48:00 GMT

Industrial Espionage: Keeping An Eye On The Quiet Guy

As foreign governments, including those in China and Russia, pursue industrial espionage programs to bolster their national industrial bases, the threat of intellectual property theft remains ... in federal court in Wisconsin, for example, energy ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 04:13:00 GMT

Kansas pre-teen victim of identity theft in Milwaukee

"They asked if had he rented a car I was, of course, like, 'Ummm no, he's 11,'" said Sammis. Sammis said her son Terrelle Lewis's identity was stolen and his Social Security number was being used. "I think it's kind of shocking. That you can do that these ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 21:21:00 GMT

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