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Identity Theft in California

Did you know that, as a resident of California, you have one of the highest chances in the nation of becoming a victim of identity theft? In a typical year, more than 42,000 Californians report having their identity stolen, at a rate of 114.2 people for every 100,000 individuals in the state.

Criminals use identity theft in a variety of ways in California. One of the most visible is credit card theft: taking your credit card number (through "phishing", skimmers, or a host of other ways) and using it to rack up purchases in your name. While many credit card companies actively monitor your habits and notify you if there is suspicious activity, many victims of identity theft have had to spend a significant amount of time and money to prove that purchases made with their cards were fraudulent.

Another common use of stolen information is for health care: from knee replacement to liposuction, a stolen social security card and driver's license can give thieves access to medical care in your name. Finally, the IRS has reported an increase in tax-related identity theft, as thieves use social security numbers to file a fraudulent tax return, often early in the year, to claim a refund. Taxpayers in California often aren't aware of this kind of criminal activity until they go to file their own return and find out that one was already submitted for that tax year.

As a Californian, what can you do to better safeguard your personal information and prevent identity theft, or repair the damage quickly if it should occur? To reduce your risk, don't make a habit of having your social security number with you: both social security cards and documents that have that information should be left in a safe place at home whenever possible. Check your credit report every year, and if you see any unrecognized accounts, file a report both with your local police department and with the Federal Trade Commission. Finally, look into the many reputable Identity Theft Protection services available in your area, as they can help monitor your credit information and notify you immediately in case of any suspicious activity.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Adams County serial squatter gets five years in prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft

A serial squatter - a person who fraudulently leases properties and fails to pay the rent, eventually being evicted before moving on to the next property and victim - was sentenced Tuesday in Adams Co...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:43:00 GMT



ID Experts® Releases New Features to Better Protect its Members from Financial Identity Theft and Fraud

Features include on the go credit file lock and unlock with the click of a button and real time alerts for credit inquiries PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts, the leading ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:08:00 GMT



Identity Theft Is Growing Among Young Children

Identity theft among children under 17 is growing. In 2017, more than one million children were victims of identity theft or fraud, a recent 2018 report from Javelin Strategy & Research found. Most vi...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:24:00 GMT



Westfield Police need help to ID men involved in heavy equipment theft

WESTFIELD - Police are asking for help to identify two men who are believed to have been involved in the theft of a piece of heavy equipment. The men, who were recorded on a video camera at a business ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:13:00 GMT



Waratek Executive Joins Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Board of Directors

DUBLIN and ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Waratek, the compiler-based application security company, announced today that its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, James E. Lee, ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT



From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT



United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT



"˜Cam' Trailer: Netflix's Dopplegí¤nger Thriller Tackles Sex Work and Online Identity in Style

It's one hell of a clever spin on the genre that will take your identity theft paranoia to the next level. You can read my full review here and watch the trailer below. Here's the official ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:42:00 GMT



Identity Theft/Forgery/False Identification/Burglary Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, San Bruno Police Officers responded to the United States Post Office, located at 1300 Huntington Avenue in San Bruno regarding a mail theft ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:35:00 GMT



You can still fall victim to identity theft with a fraud alert in place

With all the security breaches in the news, you've decided to protect your credit by placing a fraud alert on your account with the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:00 GMT




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