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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

Missouri sheriff pleads guilty to wire fraud and identity theft, now must resign

ST. LOUIS " Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges of using people's cellphone numbers to track their whereabouts. Cory Hutcheson, 35, struck a pl...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Visalia police search for credit card fraud, identity theft victims after suspect is arrested

The search is on for more victims after a three-month long investigation led to the arrest of a Visalia woman for credit card fraud and identity theft. 61-year-old Patricia Blackwell was a self ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:28:00 GMT

Get online deals without becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Online shopping is a simple way to get through your holiday gift list, but you'll want to focus more on protecting your personal information than getting the best price. It's t...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:46:00 GMT

Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft

A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. On at least five occasions, Stephanie Par...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:46:00 GMT

Cape Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft

ORLEANS, MA - An investment adviser from Cape Cod admitted to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million in federal court Monday. Kimberly Kitts, 51, pleaded guilty to investment adviser ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:03:00 GMT

SLO County Sheriff looking for 2 identity theft suspects

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of identity theft and has surveillance photos of two female suspects. The two women are believed to have used a stolen credit ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:24:00 GMT

11K Social Security Numbers Not Added by IRS to Identity Theft Protection List

IRS' Return Integrity and Compliance Services (RICS) organization failed to enroll 11,406 Social Security Numbers associated with 15 data breaches into the Dynamic Selection List (DSL) according ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT

Citizen's concern over identity theft triggered charges against Howard register of wills

On the day before voters were deciding to send Howard County Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane back to office for a third term, a Mount Airy woman who supported his challenger filed the complaint tha...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 02:04:00 GMT

Former Mississippi Co. sheriff pleads guilty to fraud, ID theft; agrees to resign

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A former Mississippi County sheriff pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft. Cory Hutcheson, 35, of East Prairie, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and to illegally posse...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:49:00 GMT

Holiday Shoppers, Beware of These 3 Identity Theft Risks

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Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:03:00 GMT

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