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Identity Theft in Kansas

Because identity theft is becoming increasingly prevalent, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that Kansas residents take four primary steps to better protect themselves: securing computers and other electronic devices, asking questions before choosing to share personal information, knowing with whom information will be shared, and both storing and disposing of personal information in a secure way. In this way, Kansans can avoid becoming one of the nearly 2,000 residents who report being a victim of identity theft in an average year.

Criminals often use personal information in a number of ways. Social security numbers are particularly targeted for theft, as they can be used to rent an apartment, get a job, open new lines of credit, or even to file a fraudulent tax return and walk away with taxpayer's refunds. For this reason, it is especially important for people in Kansas to protect their social security number; it should not be disclosed just because it is requested by a business, and any documents bearing an individual's social security number - including the card itself - should not be routinely carried in a purse or wallet, but rather left at home until absolutely necessary. Thieves also use stolen information to get medical care, from routine services to elective or cosmetic surgery; to drain checking and savings accounts; and to open payday loans in multiple states.

One recommended way to protect Kansas consumers is to use Identity Theft Protection services. These companies offer 24-hour monitoring of credit accounts and other uses of personal information, and can detect any suspicious activity in a matter of minutes. This offers Kansans a significant degree of peace of mind, knowing that fraudulent transactions can be stopped before they escalate into major security breaches, which can often impact their lives in costly, time-consuming ways for months - or even years.

 

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Published:  Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:21:00 GMT



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Although they don't appear to be related, three Wyandotte residents reported incidents of identity theft and fraud, all on the same day - Sept. 18. The first police report was taken at 11:50 a.m. and ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:13:00 GMT



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New Federal Law Offers Parents Protections From Child Identity Theft

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Starting Sept. 21, 2018, a new federal law will offer you and your children more protection from identity theft. You will be able to place a security freeze on your credit ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:54:00 GMT




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