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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.
Identity Theft In The News
A woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for felony identity theft in connection to serial squatting, in which she fraudulently leased residences and failed to pay rents prior to evictions. H...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:27:00 GMT
DENVER (AP) - A woman accused of being a serial squatter by fraudulently leasing properties and failing to pay rent has been sentenced to six years in prison. The Denver Post reports 43-year-old Heath...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:47:00 GMT
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A new warning was issued to parents, saying it's time to start protecting children from identity fraud. A recent survey found one million kids were victims of identity ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:08:00 GMT
Bad news: Identity theft has reached an all-time high. Good news: IdentityWorksSM Plus by Experian is an effective weapon against this rising threat. Criminals can nab far more than just your name on ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:25:00 GMT
Gavin Karpinsky never worried about having his identity stolen, but that's because he's five-years-old and more concerned about playing super hero with his twin brother. "I was shocked," said Heather ...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:57:00 GMT
Privacy and security experts say that staying offline actually carries big risks. Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, a Florida-based firm that helps identity theft victims, explains that onli...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:32:00 GMT
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