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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.
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
September 18, 2018 (San Diego) - The number of identity fraud victims in the United States (US) has reached an all time high rising to 16.7 million reported instances in 2018, 8 percent more than in 2...
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT
ST. LOUIS - Has your digital identity been taken and sold online Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing personal information to hackers and potential thieves.
Published: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:54:00 GMT
Detectives with The Colony Police Department know that identity theft across the nation is growing and that their city isn't immune to it. They would know. They've seen plenty of cases.
Published: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:29:00 GMT
Identity theft victims don't necessarily have to be adults. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than ...
Published: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT
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