Identity theft is a real threat across the country. It also affects everyone right here in our backyard. You may be surprised by some of these stats about identity theft in Alaska.
Number One Fraud
It may not be incredibly surprising but identity fraud is the number one fraud in Alaska. Information theft to obtain money or services, like health insurance, is a growing problem that people are taking notice of as it happens more and more often with easier access to digital information – if they know where, and how to look. It highlights the importance of proper document and media storage and destruction.Your personal information should be kept safe, whether it’s in your hands or in the hands of a trusted source, like a healthcare facility or business.
Long Distance Theft
No matter where they start their cons, many thieves have to move from place to place to avoid being caught. Identity thieves have been known to come to Alaska to start or continue their scams. Recently, two Californians were sentenced for identity fraud in Alaska after scamming multiple companies, not only in Alaska, but in other states as well. Alaska is also still seen as an exotic place to live or be from. To steal an identity of someone from Alaska gives an interesting back story to a con that can distract from the actual con itself.
Permanent Fund Dividend Fraud
The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) has seen a lot of fraud stories in the news recently. Investigations are often held to prove people claiming the fund actually lived in Alaska for the required time periods or met the requirements. A notable case in May 2014, shows the severity of this issue in Alaska. The PFD, which to most seems like free money, can be an easy target for a scam if a thief has the required identity information of an Alaskan resident.
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