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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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Identity Theft In The News

Uh, Oh, Identity Theft by a Friend or Relative - What to Do

According to a 2018 survey, nearly 60 million Americans have dealt with identity theft at some point in their lives. While many people assume that strangers are the only threat, some people have their identities stolen by someone they know. Since friends ...

Published:  Fri, 25 May 2018 03:12:00 GMT



Police find man and arrest him for identity theft: Chagrin Falls police blotter

CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO - Search Warrant, West Washington Street: While executing a search warrant for stolen property in a Cleveland home 9 a.m. May 16 with Cleveland police and Valley Enforcement Group, Chagrin Falls officers found the suspect at the home.

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 22:10:00 GMT



United States of America Child ID Guardian, FICO Professor, and Enterprise Holdings Theft Victim Returns to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SubscriberWise, the nation's largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the continued legislative advocacy and activism from David E.

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 18:55:00 GMT



Former Eastern Kentucky lawmaker sentenced to 2 years in prison for identity theft

A U.S. District judge sentenced former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, a Democrat from Pikeville, to two years in prison Thursday for one count of aggravated identity theft. The former lawmaker is already serving a 7-year sentence stemming from a separate ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:00 GMT



Convicted bookie from Longmeadow charged with credit card fraud, ID theft

SPRINGFIELD -- A Longmeadow man with a previous illegal betting conviction has been charged in U.S. District Court with credit card fraud and identity theft. Talal H. Soffan, 45, was indicted by a grand jury on 33 criminal counts primarily related to ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 03:50:00 GMT




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