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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

Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

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Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT



How to avoid identity theft

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Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:01:00 GMT



Cops to discuss identity theft in The Colony

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Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:29:00 GMT



Protect your child from identity theft

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Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT



'Scamming and identity theft" honesty gone south'

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Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:24:00 GMT



Shark Shredding Raises Awareness of ID Theft at Local Shred Events

This post was contributed by a community member. Every two seconds someone's identity is stolen. Shark Shredding has had the honor to be chosen as the local shredding company for many ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:55:00 GMT



Millcreek police ask for help to ID theft suspect

Millcreek Township police are asking for the public's help to identify a woman photographed at the Walmart store at 5250 West Ridge Road in Millcreek on Aug. 16. The woman is a suspect in a retail the...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:00 GMT



Toms River identity theft victim: Bank of America held my $1,800 hostage

Toms River identity theft victim: Bank of America held my $1,800 hostage An impostor pretended to be Grace Carr to cash a check worth nearly $1,800. Bank of America had 90 days to freeze that money du...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 02:22:00 GMT



These Michigan teens just slayed their student ID photos

#NFID19 pic.twitter.com/g0g5bnd3PC - Gwyn Watson (@GwynWatson_) September 13, 2018 "Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!" #NFID19 pic.twitter.com/qv74dPO7JG - Erik Elwell (@elwell_erik) September 13, 20...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:19:00 GMT




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