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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.


4 tips for preventing identity theft during the holidays

Here are four tips for protecting your identity during this holiday season" Keep an eye ... things like logging into your bank website from a coffee shop's unsecured Wi-Fi. Update your passwords: Pass...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:45:00 GMT

How to Prevent Identity Theft Online

Signing on to an unsecured network or website can make you an easy target. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent identity theft. Story Continues Use a Strong Wi-Fi password. Make sure your home's Wi- ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:56:00 GMT

Authorities warn of "secret sister" gift exchange scam on Facebook

"Help stop these scams: ignore them," the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Police Department wrote Monday on Facebook about the gift exchange. "You have no idea who you're giving that information to, so ultimate...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:35:00 GMT

Holiday shopping tips to protect yourself against identity theft

Take Precautions when Making Holiday Purchases with a Smartphone -Everyone has heard advice around avoiding using public Wi-Fi and using a secure payment method with strong passwords. However, identit...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 03:13:00 GMT

12 Signs Someone Just Stole Your Identity

If you log into sensitive accounts or enter your credit card number while on public Wi-Fi, hackers can gain access to your information, according to Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of Identity Theft ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:02:00 GMT

EZShield Launches Mobile Defense Suite

As the market's first pure-play identity theft protection company to pair its solution with ... These threats may include rogue applications, spyware, and alerting around unsecured Wi-Fi connections ( ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:22:00 GMT

Woman allegedly attempts to withdraw $17K from Wells Fargo using fake ID

a south Chicago suburb, is charged with felony attempted fraud against a financial institution, two counts of felony uttering a forgery, one count of felony personal ID theft and misdemeanor ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:07:00 GMT

Warning about "Sister Santa" scam Tuesday, November 13

WAUWATOSA, WI - It sounds like a fun, holiday gift-giving ideaa you sign up to give a Christmas gift to a stranger, and if you do, a stranger will give a gift to you. Police say the "Secret Sister" gi...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:41:00 GMT

Saying "the internet is broken" won't fix anything

Trolling, fake news, dark patterns, identity theft, cyber bulling ... it's crucial to distinguish if we have a problem with our Wi-Fi connection or Mark Zuckerberg, explains MIT senior research ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:29:00 GMT

Southland crime: Police say man threatened boy with knife for not sitting down in church, more

DUI ARREST: Grzegorz Skwara, 35, of the 11100 block of Wisconsin Court, Orland Park ... was arrested and accused of identity theft and unlawfully possessing a fraudulent driver's license Nov. 6 at BMO ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:49:00 GMT

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