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Identity Theft in Oklahoma

More than 2,500 Oklahomans reported being victims of identity theft in a recent year, placing the state 23rd highest in the nation. Criminals use stolen identities to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores and online; to get employment despite previous criminal convictions, using someone else's good name and clean record; to obtain medical care, often for expensive surgeries and cosmetic procedures; and to file false tax returns, walking away with taxpayers' much-needed refunds. In these and many other ways, identity theft deeply impacts its victims, as the time and money required to restore a stolen identity can be significant.

For that reason, many people in Oklahoma are choosing to invest in Identity Theft Protection services, which keep a close watch over customers' personal information (e.g. names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers) and make sure than any attempts to use their identity fraudulently does not go unnoticed. These companies also help customers to quickly and easily take all of the necessary steps to repair any damage to their credit ratings if a breach should occur.

However, it is up to every Oklahoman to be responsible for securing their personal information. Many scammers hope to gain access to accounts that have passwords that are easily guessed from information that people inadvertently share on social media sites, like names of family members or important dates. Other criminals make phone calls posing as representatives of the IRS or a trusted business and claim to need the information of the person taking the call in order to fix a supposed problem with his or her account.

It is important to remember that most businesses, banks, credit card companies, and even state and federal agencies will rarely ask for such information over the phone. If Oklahoma residents want to find out if there is actually an issue with their accounts, they should contact the business or agency directly using customer service numbers provided on account statements or on the websites of the businesses themselves.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Teacher in identity theft case sentenced to 48 hours in jail, two years probation

KNOX COUNTY - Ashley Wright, a Knox County Schools teacher who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and stealing thousands of dollars from friends, family, and other Knox County Schools teachers, ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:00 GMT



Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

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Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT



She used her DMV computer and stolen mail to commit ID theft. Now she'll do prison time

A clerk inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles who was accused of using her computer access to commit bank fraud and identity theft was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to three ye...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT



Bronx man indicted in theft of Justice Department lawyer's identity to buy two BMWs

A Bronx man was indicted for stealing a Justice Department lawyer's identity to buy two big-ticket Beemers at a Westchester dealership, prosecutors said Wednesday. Anthony Williams, 29, pleaded not gu...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT



Former auditor at state office suspected of ID theft

A former senior auditor in the Special Investigations Division of the State Auditor's Office is wanted on charges of identity theft and altering driver's licenses. An affidavit seeking an arrest warra...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT



Defusing the identity theft time bomb

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Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:58:00 GMT



Columbus man's identity theft scheme included Canfield victim

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) - An Ohio man pleaded guilty in federal court to identity theft in several states on Thursday. U.S. attorneys said Albert McCall of Blacklick, Columbus bought people's identities ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:43:00 GMT



Police ID theft suspect connected to $1.5M California fraud scheme

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A man accused of taking about $25,000 from a Scottsdale company is also connected to a $1.5 million fraud scheme in California. Scottsdale police report that on July 12, 38-year-ol...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:31:00 GMT



Aging Well: Protecting seniors from identity theft

Are the seniors in your life as protected as they can be from threats of identity theft Credit experts often recommend a credit freeze, also called a security freeze, as a way to protect personal inf...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:28:00 GMT




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