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In a typical year in Arkansas, almost 2,000 people become victims of identity theft. Criminals steal personal information, particularly social security numbers, and use it in a number of fraudulent ways. They can open new store or bank credit lines, making large purchases before their victims even realize it. Payday loans can be opened across multiple states, racking up extraordinary amounts of debt. Bank account information can be used to drain savings and checking accounts in just a few minutes, leaving their owners with nothing. And, with so many issues surrounding health care in Arkansas, identity theft is often being used to obtain medical care with victims' information.
Recently, the IRS also informed the public of a rise in tax-related identity theft, where criminals utilize stolen social security numbers of Arkansas residents to file fraudulent tax returns and claim a refund. Often, victims are completely unaware of the theft and false tax return until they try to file their taxes and discover that one was filed previously, usually early in the year.
People in Arkansas have several options for protecting themselves from such criminal activity. First, there are several reputable Identity Theft Protection services available; customers receive constant monitoring of their credit and are informed immediately when any suspicious activity occurs, and if a breach should happen they are helped to recover their good credit. This often saves both time and heartache as it can often be costly for identity theft victims to repair the damage done. Also, Arkansas residents can protect their identity by not giving out personal information unless absolutely necessary, using firewalls and other measures on their personal computers, and by checking their credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements each year to make sure there is no unrecognized activity.
While identity theft is on the rise, most Arkansas residents can take steps to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of such crime.
Identity Theft In The News
A woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for felony identity theft in connection to serial squatting, in which she fraudulently leased residences and failed to pay rents prior to evictions. H...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:27:00 GMT
DENVER (AP) - A woman accused of being a serial squatter by fraudulently leasing properties and failing to pay rent has been sentenced to six years in prison. The Denver Post reports 43-year-old Heath...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:47:00 GMT
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A new warning was issued to parents, saying it's time to start protecting children from identity fraud. A recent survey found one million kids were victims of identity ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:08:00 GMT
Bad news: Identity theft has reached an all-time high. Good news: IdentityWorksSM Plus by Experian is an effective weapon against this rising threat. Criminals can nab far more than just your name on ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:25:00 GMT
Gavin Karpinsky never worried about having his identity stolen, but that's because he's five-years-old and more concerned about playing super hero with his twin brother. "I was shocked," said Heather ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:57:00 GMT
Privacy and security experts say that staying offline actually carries big risks. Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, a Florida-based firm that helps identity theft victims, explains that onli...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:32:00 GMT
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