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Identity Theft in Utah

Any $50 billion industry would be considered a successful business. Unfortunately, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In a typical year, more than 1,700 Utahans report being victims of this type of crime.

Identity theft prevention experts recommend that Utah residents take measures to protect themselves from having their identity stolen. First, don't carry any documents bearing your SSN - including the card itself - with you regularly. Second, give out your social security number only if absolutely necessary, not just because a service provider asks you to for it. Next, check your credit report each year to be sure that there aren't any open lines of credit that you do not recognize. Finally, don't give out any information over the phone unless you made the call or you are absolutely certain of the identity of the caller; a recently-reported scam involves callers acting as representatives of the IRS but who actually are trying to steal personal information from the person who answers the call.

There are numerous means by which Utah data thieves can get your sensitive information. They go through trash looking for bills and bank statements that you didn't shred before throwing out; they make use of "skimmers" or sneaky cashiers to get credit card numbers at the register; they can "phish" data from your email and steal it while pretending to be trusted businesses. It seems like new and "improved" ways to steal your personal information are reported every.

While nobody can promise that your personal information will never be taken in Utah, Identity Theft Protection services are available to make sure that identity thieves can't do any long-term damage to you, especially with respect to your credit rating. With 24-hour monitoring of your name, address, social security number, and other details, you can rest easier knowing that any attempts to use your identity fraudulently will be detected quickly and resolved appropriately.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft

ATLANTA (AP) - A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Justice Department s...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:09:00 GMT



Krieger sentenced to prison for embezzlement and identity theft

(HELENA) that Katherine Marie Krieger of Helena was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $236,924.17 restitution for stealing a person's identit...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:35:00 GMT



Madison man sentenced to 2 years in identity theft case

A Madison man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Thursday for stealing the identity of a eBay user so he could sell non-existent items on the website. James Dudgeon, 60, was sentenced by ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:16:00 GMT



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Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:07:00 GMT



Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT



Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 15, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Consumer data breaches are nothing new. In 2018, alone, cybercriminals compromised the information of customers at Sears, Macy's, Kmart, Delta and ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT



UCSO arrest man on theft charges

Joshua Ray Fitzpatrick, 39, was arrested Wednesday on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft, theft of services, first-degree theft and theft of mislaid property from incidents tha...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:31:00 GMT



4 tips for preventing identity theft during the holidays

Some people love taking what doesn't belong to them. During the holidays this year, be extra careful to make sure that you're keeping your finances safe from shady individuals. Here are four tips for ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:45:00 GMT



Accused burglar now facing identity theft charges

BARRE - A Granite City man facing multiple burglary charges is now accused of identity theft. Sean Allan Stearns, 40, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to eight ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:38:00 GMT



Local woman targeted, tailed, and impersonated in low tech ID theft scheme

In the age of high tech cyber-crime and digital identity theft, some of the savviest crooks are using old-school low-tech spy tricks to target women - especially moms - as part of a nationwide ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:41:00 GMT




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