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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

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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