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Identity theft is a big business in the United States, with billions of dollars stolen from victims every year. Criminals use personal information like names, addresses, birthdates, and social security numbers to make purchases large and small, to open new lines of credit like payday loans or credit cards, to get medical care, and to use as aliases when caught by the police.
Also, the IRS recently stated that tax-related identity theft is on the rise, as thieves file false tax returns to get the refunds; these false returns are often undetected until taxpayers attempt to file their legitimate returns and learn that one was filed previously by someone else. It is recommended that anyone who suspects that they have been victims of this or any other form of identity theft file reports with both their local police departments as well as with the Federal Trade Commission.
Oregon residents report approximately 2,500 cases of identity theft in an average year. What can be done to prevent this crime from taking place?
First, Oregonians should protect their personal information offline. This can be done in many ways, such as shredding receipts, insurance forms, credit applications, and expired credit cards rather than throwing them in the trash or recycling bin; opting out of prescreened offers of insurance and credit by mail; keeping wallets and purses in a safe place at work; and keeping social security numbers (both on documents and the cards themselves) in a safe place at home instead of carrying them around.
Next, residents of Oregon should safeguard their information online, by avoiding "phishing" scams, keeping all passwords private, and not disclosing too much information on Facebook and other social media sites.
Finally, many Oregonians would benefit from the use of Identity Theft Protection services, which offer 24-hour monitoring of all personal information and a rapid response when any suspicious activity is detected.
Identity Theft In The News
The investigation above aired in 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill over the weekend allowing parents or guardians the ability to place a credit security freeze on their child's name to protect them from possible financial identity theft. Rep.
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 11:20:00 GMT
A Stephens City man who used hospital patients' names on checks and credit cards for $26,182 worth of identity theft will spend up to two years in federal prison. Ajarhi Savimi Roberts was sentenced Monday in a plea bargain U.S. District Court in ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 19:21:00 GMT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 09:34:00 GMT
Every year consumers fall victim to identity theft. Not only can identity theft empty a consumer's bank account, but it can also prolong any future financial plans. With the growth in anonymous transactions and easy accessibility to accounts online, it is ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 03:43:00 GMT
ONTONAGON - Faced with identity theft and no legal protection, Bob and JoAnn Hartle took matters into their own hands. The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Stephens City, Va., man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison for bank fraud stemming from the thefts of hospital patients' information about two years ago at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, U.S ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 17:03:00 GMT
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