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Wisconsin Identity Theft Laws

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Identity theft is a crime in which key pieces of personal information (such as Social Security Number, driver’s license numbers, etc) are used fraudulently.  Victims are left with a tainted reputation and it is very complicated to catch these criminals and restore the victim’s good names.

Wisconsin victims commonly report phone and utilities fraud as the biggest type of identity theft, followed by credit card fraud, bank fraud, employment related fraud, and government documents or benefits fraud. This is a crime that is on the rise, mainly because of the growth in electronic data storage as well as Internet use and electronic submissions of account numbers and other personal information.

The Top 5 Locations in Wisconsin for Identity Theft are:

1)                  Milwaukee

2)                Madison

3)                Green Bay

4)                Racine

5)                Waukesha

The Wisconsin Law against Identity Theft defines identity theft as the unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information (which could include name, address, phone number, credit card number, bank account number, social security number, etc.) or documents.

          It is a crime for another individual to use any personal information of another without the authorized consent of that individual to obtain credit, money, good, services, or obtain anything of value, or to harm the reputation, property, person, or estate of the individual.

If you are a victim of identity theft, contact your local law enforcement agency right away to make a report.

Contact one of the 3 primary credit bureaus and ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report. They are:

Equifax        1-800-685-1111

Experian      1-888-397-3742

Trans Union  1-800-916-8800

Contact the Attorney General’s Office in Wisconsin. Be sure to keep all your records and phone numbers for fraud investigators. Also, it is important that you contact the credit card company or bank in which the fraud occurred.

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