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Identity Theft in Arkansas

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.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

2 arrested for drug charges, felony identity theft

51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged with felony identity theft 51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:47:00 GMT



Raoul, 30 other AGs urge FTC to tighten identity theft protections

SPRINGFIELD - Thirty-one state attorneys general, including Illinois' Kwame Raoul, are advocating for tougher safeguards against identity theft in the Federal Trade Commission's rulebook. "We must kee...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:25:00 GMT



Petersburg fights child identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:47:00 GMT



Business identity theft costing companies millions

(NBC) - "It's really easy for an attacker to impersonate a business," said Brain Vecci, cyber security professional with Varonis. Imagine criminals taking over your company and running it as their own ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:06:00 GMT



ID Sought In Credit Card Theft At Marquee Theatre In Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ - Toms River police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man in connection with a credit card theft that happened Feb. 8. The man, seen in video below, appears to be in ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:41:00 GMT



Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) joined 30 other state attorneys general in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission Feb. 10 urging the FTC to continue its Identity Theft Rules, origi...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT



AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined a coalition of 30 other attorneys general in sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to continue its Identity Theft rules originally adopted ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT



Police blotter: Identity theft and assault charges in Stamford

A 33-year-old Mount Vernon, NY man was charged with credit card theft, larceny and conspiracy to commit credit card theft. A 55-year-old Mount Vernon, NY man was charged with burglary, larceny, credit ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:21:00 GMT




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