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Identity Theft in Arizona

Arizona MapIf you live in Arizona, your likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft is extremely high: there are 119.4 victims for every 100,000 people in the state, second only to Florida in terms of per capita identity theft.

For those 7,875 Arizona residents who experienced identity theft in a recent year, their lives were likely disrupted in a number of ways. Identity theft can lead to false medical records, high costs in time and money to correct credit reports and other accounts, and even false imprisonment. Identity thieves use stolen information such as social security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth to get medical treatment, give an alias during an arrest, find employment, open new credit lines, and even file false tax returns.

What can you do in Arizona to protect yourself? First, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection companies who can easily help you to safeguard your identity, and who will respond immediately if any identity theft is detected using your personal information. They can also help you in the event that your identity is stolen, working with you to correct the falsified accounts and reestablish your credit rating. Using such identity theft protection services is likely to save you a great deal of time and heartache in the long run.

Also, there are several steps you can take with respect to your personal habits, to make it less likely that you will be a victim of identity theft. Be sure to check your annual Social Security Administration earnings statement, to ensure that there is no income that you do not recognize. You should also obtain a free credit report from the three major credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax) each year, again to make sure that there are no open accounts that you did not authorize. Finally, make sure not to carry your social security card with you on a regular basis, and don't provide your SSN to a business unless it is absolutely necessary.

These simple steps can help you prevent identity theft in Arizona, giving you greater peace of mind in the knowledge that your personal information is as safe as possible.


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

Only one of two states that count employment- or tax-related fraud as its most prevalent identity theft issue, Arizona can also count itself as the 10th most vulnerable state in terms of identity thef...

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

Social security numbers removed from new Medicare cards

(3TV/CBS 5) − Have you gotten your new Medicare card yet Around 1.3 million beneficiaries in Arizona will get new cards to ward off scammers and protect against identity theft. "Even though your soci...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 04:27:00 GMT

2 Southern Arizona Women Indicted in Elder Care Fraud Scheme

(AP) - Two women in southern Arizona have been indicted by a federal grand jury ... They're facing bank fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy and scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 1...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:49:00 GMT

Akron woman sentenced for leading scheme to fraudulently enroll students in college, pocket aid money

aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said Shufford worked with Brigid Sommerville and Christine Robinson to fraudulently enroll hundreds of people at Maricopa Community Colleg...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:29:00 GMT

N4T Investigators: Avoiding medicare scams

TUCSON - Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are now looking into a southern Arizona couple's ... to cut down on fraud and identity theft. New Medicare cards are being issued.

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:02:00 GMT

Fraudster on trial for alleged scheme over his real identity

He allegedly left for Canada after he was indicted in California in 2001 for a fraud scheme involving identity theft and illegal access devices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase said in court ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:25:00 GMT

Williams 911: week of Nov. 14

Officers took report of possible identity theft on Route 66; " Officers investigated non injury hit and run accident on Third Street and Route 66; " Officers arrested a male for possession of marijuan...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:05:00 GMT

Medicare fights fraud with new cards

Here in Arizona, there are 1.3 million senior citizens who use ... so please don't ever give information out to anyone over the phone," said Abrams. Besides fighting identity theft, the hope is the ne...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:10:00 GMT

Cesar Sayoc, Mail Bombing Suspect, Found an Identity in Political Rage and Resentment

"He lacked an identity. He created a persona ... Mr. Sayoc boasted that he had played professional soccer for A.C. Milan in Italy and arena football in Arizona. He also claimed he owned a dry-cleaning ...

Published:  Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:24:00 GMT

How to keep children safe from identity theft

It's a reminder that adults aren't the only victims of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says in 2017 it received more than 13,000 complaints about identity theft involving people age...

Published:  Fri, 26 Oct 2018 21:57:00 GMT

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