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Identity Theft in Iowa

Identity theft in Iowa is becoming more prevalent, as criminals use personal information in a number of ways. Criminals can use personal information to drain bank accounts, rack up charges on credit cards, open new accounts for utilities, and even get medical treatment using stolen health insurance cards. Such identity theft is often costly and time-consuming for victims to repair, and in a typical year more than 1,000 Iowans find themselves struggling with the effects of this crime.

To protect themselves against identity theft, residents of Iowa should take a number of steps to safeguard their personal information. One of the most common sources of identity theft is information shared online, so Iowans should make sure to look out for "phishing" scams that try to get them to disclose social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and even bank account numbers; to look for the "lock" icon in the status bar of their internet browsers to ensure that any information transmitted is encrypted; to wipe hard drives before disposing of computers; and to not share too much information on social media.

It is equally important for Iowa residents to keep their information safe offline by removing labels from prescription bottles before throwing them out; shredding credit offers, insurance forms, checks, receipts, and other similar documents; keeping financial records and documents locked in a safe place at home; and limiting what they carry in their purses and wallets, leaving only the items they will need and keeping the rest at home (particularly Social Security cards).

Identity Theft Protection services are also available in Iowa, to give an added layer of protection against identity theft. These services monitor customers' information around-the-clock and can detect suspicious activity quickly and move to block the fraudulent transactions. Iowans can have greater peace of mind knowing that they will be able to respond promptly, rather than finding out that they have been victims of identity theft weeks, months, or even years after the fact.

 

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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



Avoiding Identity Theft Discussed at Montville Township Public Library

MONTVILLE, NJ - When you're the victim of identity theft, you'll know right away because something will have been stolen, such as your wallet and credit cards, right Wrong, said Margaret Sanchez, who ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:10:00 GMT



2 arrested with 100 fake credit cards at Costa Mesa hotel plead not guilty in ID theft and fraud case

A man and a woman accused of trying to use forged credit cards to rack up more than $1,600 in charges at a Costa Mesa hotel pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Friday. Aaron Michael G...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:35:00 GMT




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