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Identity Theft in Nevada

Does it surprise you to learn that Nevada has the fifth highest rate of identity theft in the United States? Approximately 2,800 cases of identity theft in Nevada are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year. These stolen identities are used in a number of ways by criminals: to obtain expensive medical treatments, from nose jobs to knee replacements; to get a job using someone else's good name and clean record; to open several credit cards and make thousands of dollars in purchases before their victims are aware; and even to file false tax returns, walking away with refunds that were greatly anticipated and needed by taxpayers.

As a Nevadan, you have several ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Obviously, the primary step is to be wise with any disclosure of your personal information. Don't carry your social security card or any document bearing it (e.g. Medicare cards) in your purse or wallet unless you are going to a specific location where it will be needed; most places only require you to give them the number rather than showing them your card. However, it is also important to realize that many requesters of your SSN may not actually need it, so find out why it's being asked for, how it will be used, and most importantly, how it will be safeguarded in their office or business. Beware of "phishing" emails; if you receive an email supposedly from your bank or credit card company alerting you of an issue, it is wise to go to their website directly rather than clicking on any links in the email or to call the customer service number given on the back of your card.

Identity Theft Protection services are also available in Nevada, and can give you added peace of mind knowing that their software is keeping an eye on your personal information 24-hours-a-day and alerting you to any suspicious activity before it can get out of hand.


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Identity Theft In The News

Identity Theft Scam Ensnares Avon Lake Man

AVON LAKE, OH - More than $2,000 was stolen from an Avon Lake resident as part of an identity theft scam. On Valentine's Day, a 27-year-old Avon Lake man came to police and said he discovered ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:00:00 GMT

Petersburg fights identity theft in Minnesota

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Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:12:00 GMT

How to use a credit freeze to combat identity theft

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Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:06:00 GMT

Canadians increasingly concerned about fraud, identity theft

Canadians are more worried about fraud and identity theft today than they were five years ago, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Ca...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:32:00 GMT

Best identity theft protection for 2019

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Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 04:17:58 GMT

Roseville identity theft manhunt

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a case of identity theft. The Sheriff says the suspect's photo was caught on the vicitm's surveillance camera. Early Wednesday afternoon ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:18:00 GMT

Child identity theft on the rise

COLUMBIA - At least 1 million children were impacted by identity theft in the past year. A 2018 study conducted by Javelin found the identity fraud resulted in more than $2.6 billion in total losses, ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:12:00 GMT

Identity theft suspects sought in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police are trying to identify two men who used someone else's identity to go on a home improvement shopping spree. Police say the offenders apparently stole the vict...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:53:00 GMT

Catch 22 Day 22: Woman sought on ID, credit theft charges

Today is our last suspect for this running of the Yavapai Silent Witness "Catch 22" program. The Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking Daniella Brianna Hernandez. Hernandez is wanted for Credit ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:18:00 GMT

Identity theft case on Hawaii Island

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Detectives have charged a 24-year-old Pahoa man with multiple financial crimes following his arrest earlier last week. After conferring with prosecutors on Friday morning (Feb. 15), ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:45:00 GMT

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