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Identity Theft in Kentucky

In Kentucky, identity theft happens at a rate of 48.4 victims for every 100,000 individuals. For the 2,000 Kentuckians in a typical year who experience identity theft, the effects can be significant. Complications of Identity theft can result in an inability to obtain credit for home mortgages or automobile purchases, false imprisonment, and many other costly, time-consuming problems.

What can people in Kentucky do to avoid identity theft? Protecting their personal data is usually the best approach. Wise habits include not carrying social security cards or other documents with the number given; not providing their social security number when because a business requests it without first verifying how their information will be used and protected; checking annual credit reports ; protecting computers using anti-virus software, and using complex passwords on Internet accounts; and not giving personal details over the phone unless the call is initiated by the individual (for example. a credit cardholder would call the customer service number on the back of her card, rather than respond to a phone call that probably came from a scammer).

In addition, many Identity Theft Protection services are available in Kentucky that offer around-the-clock monitoring of personal information (e.g. bank accounts, credit inquiries, etc.) and rapid response when any suspicious activity is detected.

How do criminals use stolen identity in Kentucky? They can use personal data - a social security number, a name, an address, and so on - to obtain medical care; to open up new credit card accounts; to file a false tax return and steal the refund, without the taxpayer finding out until he tries to file his own return later in the year. It seems that new ways for criminals to steal identifying details and use it for their benefit are constantly emerging, but Kentuckians can protect themselves from identity theft with protection services and wise decisions with respect to their personal information.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

A Woodbury man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in July to identity theft and another charge in connection to a scheme in which authorities say he ...

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



How to avoid identity theft

Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal ...

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



Cops to discuss identity theft in The Colony

Detectives with The Colony Police Department know that identity theft across the nation is growing and that their city isn't immune to it. They would know. They've seen plenty of cases.

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



Protect your child from identity theft

Identity theft victims don't necessarily have to be adults. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than ...

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



'Scamming and identity theft" honesty gone south'

The Webster Memorial United Church is set to stage an informative advocacy forum entitled 'Scamming and Identify Theft" Honesty Gone South' at the Half-Way-Tree Road church on Thursday ...

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



Kelihos botnet operator jailed for account theft, ID trading in the Dark Web

A Russian man has pleaded guilty for running the Kelihos botnet which was used to facilitate a massive spam and credential-harvesting operation worldwide. On Wednesday, US law enforcement said that Pe...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:28:44 GMT




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