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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: Banking has changed, criminals haven't - here's how to protect your money

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Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:06:00 GMT



To Catch A Thief - Lessons We Can All Learn From Demi Moore's Identity Theft Drama

The recent film Ocean's 8 is the story of a group of thieves that steal a priceless necklace from a famous movie actress, in plain sight. A series of cons are pulled off that enable the heist to occur ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT



Suspects wanted for identity theft and stealing two vehicles

BULLHEAD CITY - Local law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects wanted for identity theft and stealing two vehicles from a local car dealership. The two vehicles were fraudulently purchased ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:03:00 GMT



Your identity was stolen. Now what do you do

ORLANDO, Fla. - If you suspect you're a victim of identity theft or your personal documents were stolen, taking these steps will help you recover and prevent your identity from being used fraudulently ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:46:00 GMT



MHA to host internet safety, identity theft protection workshop

UTICA - The Utica Municipal Housing Authority will sponsor a workshop on identity theft protection and internet safety at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Utica Public Library. The event is free and open to the ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 06:22:00 GMT



Shred-a-thon helps food bank and in preventing identity theft

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) --There was a shred-a-thon at SunSouth bank on Friday. They partnered with the Wiregrass Rehab Center to offer a safe way to get rid of residents sensitive documents. They were als...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:57:00 GMT



Peekskill man arrested for identity theft

YORKTOWN - A Peekskill man is charged with identity theft and possession of a forged instrument, both as felonies, in connection with a case involving a Florida resident. Yorktown Police were alerted ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:32:00 GMT




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