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Identity Theft in Wyoming

At a rate of 49.2 cases reported for every 100,000 residents, Wyoming ranks 37th highest in the nation with respect to identity theft. This type of crime is becoming more prevalent as criminals steal personal information to file false tax returns with the IRS and walk away with taxpayers' refunds; to gain access to medical care, from routine illnesses to expensive elective procedures; to purchase clothing, jewelry, cars, and homes; and to drain savings and checking accounts, among other things.

Identity Theft Protection services are available for Wyoming residents who would like an added layer of security by having their personal information safeguarded around the clock. Such services can detect any suspicious activity using clients' identities and block it before it escalates into a bigger issue. Because many cases of identity theft go unnoticed for long periods of time, customers appreciate knowing that they will be aware of any attempts to steal their personal information almost as soon as they occur.

Additionally, other precautions can be taken to make it less likely for personal information to fall into the hands of criminals. Passwords should be used to protect laptops, cellphones, and other devices, so that any sensitive information stored there will be more difficult for thieves to access when stolen. Also, all passwords for devices and for online accounts should never use words that are in the dictionary, birth dates, or phone numbers, but rather should be comprised of a string of numbers and letters (and symbols, when possible) that are meaningful to the user but difficult for others to guess. Finally, social security numbers should only be given out when absolutely necessary; Wyoming residents should feel free to ask anyone requesting to explain how it will be used, why it is required, and how that information will be protected in that office or business.

In these ways, people in Wyoming can better protect themselves against becoming victims of identity theft.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Doctor-poser pleads guilty, gets 6 years in fraud, ID theft

FAYETTEVILLE - A woman who claimed she was a doctor to scam patients, including some in Northwest Arkansas, was sentenced in Alabama to more than six years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that included wire fraud and identity theft.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT



That royal wedding quiz filling your Facebook could put you at risk for identity theft

We tested Alexa, Siri and Google Home to see which digital assistant knows most about the Royal Wedding. USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO - A funny as Lord Carpenter Rover of Sunnyside might sound, please don't reply to a Facebook prompt asking you to create ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:24:00 GMT



Keeping kids safe: Protecting your child's identity

LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN. ABOUT 1 TO 3 MILLION CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY CHILDHOOD IDENTITY THEFT. 50% ARE YOUNGER THAN SIX YEARS OLD ACCORDING TO TO ROBERT CHAPELL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND AUTHOR OF CHILD IDENTITY THEFT WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:22:00 GMT



'Do you believe I faked my own life': Valley officer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

MARICOPA - Maricopa Police officer Ricardo Alvarado has a case that's stumped him for 12 years. An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT



NYC woman charged with ID theft in Westchester

CORTLANDT - State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Noralisa Diaz, 30, of Brooklyn, for Identity Theft and Grand Larceny, both as felonies. In January, victims had a fraudulent withdrawal of $8,000 from personal bank accounts. Investigation ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 02:38:00 GMT




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