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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

Scammers target military families; Consumer officials issue warning

July is Military Consumer Protection Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is sharing ways the Bureau of Consumer Protection can help protect you and your f...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:49:00 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

Cops: Arizona Wildcats fan altered Wisconsin restaurant's cable plan to watch basketball game

The finance manager of an Illinois car dealership has been accused of pretending to be a Lake Delton, Wisconsin, restaurant employee ... Cayton of Arlington Heights, Illinois, with felony identity the...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT

A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft

(Photo: Wisconsin Department of Corrections ... Maxwell indicated Bronsted is facing more recent charges of identity theft, and it is likely the cases can be joined. He has been released on a $5,000 s...

Published:  Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:03:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

Wisconsin Indicate that the entity knows of the unauthorized ... determines that the breach has not and will not likely result in ID theft or other financial harm to individuals, notification to indiv...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 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

New Medicare cards in mail soon to fight fraud, ID theft, scams

The replacement cards, required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, are intended to fight fraud, identity theft and scams ... The cards are being sent out in waves, with Wisco...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:06:00 GMT

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