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Identity Theft in Texas

Texas residents are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. With nearly 29,000 cases of this type of crime reported in a recent 12-month period, Texas ranks third highest in the nation at a rate of 116.4 instances for every 100,000 people in the state population.

Criminals target personal information such as names, social security numbers, and birthdates in a number of ways. First, many scammers try to make calls impersonating trusted businesses such as banks or credit cards to get the person answering to disclose account numbers and passwords. Recently, it has been widely reported in the news that callers are posing as representatives of the IRS and claiming that further information is needed immediately to keep the taxpayer out of trouble. This impersonation also happens online, as "phishing" emails try to get recipients to download files in the hopes of "fixing" a problem with a bank account or credit card. By these and an increasing number of other methods, criminals try to access Texans' private data to use for their own benefit.

Once they have this information, they can use it to get mortgages or other lines of credit, rent apartments, obtain employment using someone else's clean record, file a false tax return and walk away with taxpayer refunds, or pay for expensive medical treatments like cosmetic surgery using stolen insurance cards.

Fortunately, Texans can access Identity Theft Protection services; for a low fee, such companies monitor personal information around the clock and alert customers immediately when there is any suspicious activity using their name, address, or other identifying information. Because many cases of identity theft are only discovered after the problem is large, often after weeks and months of fraudulent activity, these services can give residents of Texas greater peace of mind knowing that any identity theft will be detected and handled quickly and efficiently.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT



Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent, you're not done yet-your kid could very well end up as a victim. More than 1 million children in the ...

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



Former employee at state auditors office suspected of license forging, ID theft

"It was enough to make us concerned that there was some type of identity theft going on," Johnson said. That's not all they found. "We found an owners manual for a vehicle, we found a registration for ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:00 GMT



2 Honduran contractors charged with ID theft, fraud, tax evasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Construction contractors, shell companies and tax fraud -- those are some of the charges that have been filed against two Honduran citizens in U.S.District Court in Jacksonville. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT



Can You Survive Identity Theft

Common sense is the best defense against identity theft - creating strong passwords for online accounts and monitoring personal credit reports and credit card statements are good, basic steps to take ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT



Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the State Auditor's Offic...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:27:00 GMT



Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme

Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme A Fort Lee man admitted Friday to stealing personal information from current and former members of the U.S. Army as part of a tax fraud ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:59:00 GMT



Tips to guard against ID theft while on vacation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - As millions of Americans get ready to relax at the beach, visit theme parks, set sail on a cruise or explore exotic destinations this summer, AAA Tidewater Virginia is reminding ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT



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




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