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Identity Theft in West Virginia

Did you know that West Virginians reported more than 840 cases of identity theft in a recent 12-month period? This crime is on the rise throughout America and represents a billion-dollar industry for criminals.

The IRS recently informed taxpayers that tax-related identity theft is an issue. Unfortunately, honest citizens often aren't aware of the problem until they try to file their tax return for the year and are informed that one has already been submitted - and their much-anticipated refund went to the impostors who turned in the fraudulent, earlier version.

Criminals use identity theft to steal the information they need - social security numbers, birth dates, bank account numbers, and more - to gain access to medical care, even cosmetic surgery; to open up lines of credit at banks and car dealerships; to pass a background check for an apartment; or to gain employment using a name with a clean history, among other uses.

If you live in West Virginia, there are several companies that offer Identity Theft Protection services that monitor your personal information 24/7, flagging any suspicious activity immediately and taking steps to protect your credit rating and reputation. Given that many cases of identity theft aren't discovered until months or years later, these services offer invaluable peace of mind knowing that any problems will be handled immediately and effectively.

You should also take precautions to ensure that your identifying details do not wind up in the hands of the wrong people. Even though it is common for physicians' offices and other service providers to request your social security number, you have the right to refuse to give it, to ask why that information is necessary, and to find out how your information is protected at that location. Be careful not to disclose too many details in social media, thus providing would-be identity thieves with enough information to answer your "challenge" questions and bypass the login and password requirement. In these and other ways, you can make it less likely that identity theft will impact your life.


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Identity Theft In The News

Adams County serial squatter gets five years in prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft

A serial squatter - a person who fraudulently leases properties and fails to pay the rent, eventually being evicted before moving on to the next property and victim - was sentenced Tuesday in Adams Co...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:43:00 GMT

ID Experts® Releases New Features to Better Protect its Members from Financial Identity Theft and Fraud

Features include on the go credit file lock and unlock with the click of a button and real time alerts for credit inquiries PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts, the leading ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:08:00 GMT

Identity Theft Is Growing Among Young Children

Identity theft among children under 17 is growing. In 2017, more than one million children were victims of identity theft or fraud, a recent 2018 report from Javelin Strategy & Research found. Most vi...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:24:00 GMT

Westfield Police need help to ID men involved in heavy equipment theft

WESTFIELD - Police are asking for help to identify two men who are believed to have been involved in the theft of a piece of heavy equipment. The men, who were recorded on a video camera at a business ...

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

Waratek Executive Joins Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Board of Directors

DUBLIN and ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Waratek, the compiler-based application security company, announced today that its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, James E. Lee, ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT

From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 ( - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

"˜Cam' Trailer: Netflix's Dopplegí¤nger Thriller Tackles Sex Work and Online Identity in Style

It's one hell of a clever spin on the genre that will take your identity theft paranoia to the next level. You can read my full review here and watch the trailer below. Here's the official ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:42:00 GMT

Identity Theft/Forgery/False Identification/Burglary Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, San Bruno Police Officers responded to the United States Post Office, located at 1300 Huntington Avenue in San Bruno regarding a mail theft ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:35:00 GMT

You can still fall victim to identity theft with a fraud alert in place

With all the security breaches in the news, you've decided to protect your credit by placing a fraud alert on your account with the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:00 GMT

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