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Identity Theft in Arkansas

Arkansas MapIn a typical year in Arkansas, almost 2,000 people become victims of identity theft. Criminals steal personal information, particularly social security numbers, and use it in a number of fraudulent ways. They can open new store or bank credit lines, making large purchases before their victims even realize it. Payday loans can be opened across multiple states, racking up extraordinary amounts of debt. Bank account information can be used to drain savings and checking accounts in just a few minutes, leaving their owners with nothing. And, with so many issues surrounding health care in Arkansas, identity theft is often being used to obtain medical care with victims' information.

Recently, the IRS also informed the public of a rise in tax-related identity theft, where criminals utilize stolen social security numbers of Arkansas residents to file fraudulent tax returns and claim a refund. Often, victims are completely unaware of the theft and false tax return until they try to file their taxes and discover that one was filed previously, usually early in the year.

People in Arkansas have several options for protecting themselves from such criminal activity. First, there are several reputable Identity Theft Protection services available; customers receive constant monitoring of their credit and are informed immediately when any suspicious activity occurs, and if a breach should happen they are helped to recover their good credit. This often saves both time and heartache as it can often be costly for identity theft victims to repair the damage done. Also, Arkansas residents can protect their identity by not giving out personal information unless absolutely necessary, using firewalls and other measures on their personal computers, and by checking their credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements each year to make sure there is no unrecognized activity.

While identity theft is on the rise, most Arkansas residents can take steps to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of such crime.


Cops: Rifles diverted to mom

State police arrested a man who they say used his job at a FedEx facility in Willington to illegally divert thousands of dollars worth of shipments - including two AR-15 style assault ... each of thir...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:07:00 GMT

Identity theft an evolving, growing problem

JOHANNESBURG - Alarming statistics point out that 12 people become victims of identity theft online, every second. READ: How to protect yourself from online identity theft Experian's Chief Innovation ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 23:21:00 GMT

Four arrested in theft spree

Caden Joseph Morgan, 18, on charges of one count of theft of property (motor vehicle ... 223 cal. ammunition for AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, 30-and 40-round magazines for such weapons and numerous oth...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 03:05:00 GMT

30-year child-porn sentence affirmed

In addition to having his Arkansas Department of Correction sentence affirmed, proceedings were started against Lucas Michael Johnson on separate charges -- class D felony theft of property and class ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 03:15:00 GMT

New federal law will help you defend against identity theft for free

A transaction that now costs $15 in Missouri and Arkansas, which may not seem like much until ... "It's a prevention against identity theft or people possibly filing for loans or credit cards that are ...

Published:  Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:48:00 GMT

Woman uses email to pose as deputy to get boyfriend out of Arkansas jail

He is accused of identity theft and false impersonation in Simi Valley. He was picked up in Arkansas and was about to be extradited. That was until deputies said Feldstein forged a release ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:20:00 GMT

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