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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.
Identity Theft In The News
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
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
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
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
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
Your medical information is a goldmine for fraudsters. By stealing your electronic health records and other forms, thieves can discover everything from your Social Security number to previous diagnoses and current prescriptions. "Your medical file is about ...
Published: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT
In bipartisan letter, senators tell the FCC that 'We the People' deserve to know who misused Americans' identities and submitted the millions of fake net neutrality comments. Two senators, a Democrat and a Republican, have joined forces and opened fire ...
Published: Tue, 22 May 2018 07:46:00 GMT
I filed my tax return pretty early this year, and assumed I was safe from tax-related identity fraud. However, I recently received a threatening phone call from the alleged "IRS." What's going on Unfortunately, tax-related identity thieves work all ...
Published: Wed, 23 May 2018 15:27:00 GMT
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