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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

2 arrested for drug charges, felony identity theft

51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged with felony identity theft 51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:47:00 GMT

Petersburg fights child identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:47:00 GMT

Attempted identity theft led police to reopen '86 missing toddler case

LAS VEGAS (KSNV/CNN) - North Las Vegas police say attempted identity theft prompted them to reopen a cold case more than 30 years later involving the disappearance of 3-year-old Francillion Pierre. "I...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:26:00 GMT

Raoul, 30 other AGs urge FTC to tighten identity theft protections

SPRINGFIELD - Thirty-one state attorneys general, including Illinois' Kwame Raoul, are advocating for tougher safeguards against identity theft in the Federal Trade Commission's rulebook. "We must kee...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:25:00 GMT

2 arrested with 100 fake credit cards at Costa Mesa hotel plead not guilty in ID theft and fraud case

A man and a woman accused of trying to use forged credit cards to rack up more than $1,600 in charges at a Costa Mesa hotel pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Friday. Aaron Michael G...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:35:00 GMT

Rep. McDermed Introduces Bill to Tackle Medical ID Theft

This post was contributed by a community member. Springfield, IL" With medical ID theft on the rise, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pushing for Illinois to protect victims and ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:11:00 GMT

Avoiding Identity Theft Discussed at Montville Township Public Library

MONTVILLE, NJ - When you're the victim of identity theft, you'll know right away because something will have been stolen, such as your wallet and credit cards, right Wrong, said Margaret Sanchez, who ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:10:00 GMT

Business identity theft costing companies millions

(NBC) - "It's really easy for an attacker to impersonate a business," said Brain Vecci, cyber security professional with Varonis. Imagine criminals taking over your company and running it as their own ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:06:00 GMT

BBB: Identity theft awareness a must during tax season

Tax season has officially begun, and scammers may be looking to steal your identity and your refund. The Federal Trade Commission declared last week "Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week." This awareness ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 06:45:00 GMT

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