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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.


Study ranks Little Rock and Jackson, MS among least-safe cities in America

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With fears of falling victim to cyber crime, identity theft and home burglaries topping the list ... St. Louis, Missouri was rated the least-safe city; Little Rock, Arkansas was th...

Published:  Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:41:00 GMT

You and the Law: The Mexican timeshare resale scam, Part II

Last week we told you about Don, the Arkansas terminally ill timeshare owner who ... Kolbe was the victim of identity theft, her name used as part of the con. Don's greed finally collided with common ...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:25:00 GMT

Three arrested in New Rochelle accused in $3M stolen credit card ring

The alleged leader, Hamilton Eromosele, was charged in federal court in White Plains with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy ... arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas last year, when he tried ...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:04:00 GMT

Someone stole 29 guns from the Kettle Falls police chief. Twenty-eight are still missing.

The other 28 - including numerous pistols, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least two AR-15-style rifles - are still missing ... two counts of drug possession and 13 counts of identity theft. Superior Court ...

Published:  Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:30:00 GMT

More suspects arrested - guns recovered in Foley pawn shop theft

This came just hours after police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile who they said was in the possession of an AR-15 rifle taken in the theft. Gulf Gun and Pawn ... released the footage to ...

Published:  Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:03:00 GMT

Financial Resolutions to make for the New Year

What to add to the checklist: If you have a credit or debit card, it's critical that you sign up for identity theft protection. Many financial institutions offer account monitoring, alerts or ...

Published:  Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:04:00 GMT

Pleas entered on burglary, theft, drug charges

Revocation of her probation could subject her to up to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC ... Carlisle, 47, has negotiated a plea of guilty to a charge of one count theft of prope...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:22:00 GMT

Public record for Dec. 26

Kevin Kent Beeman, St. Joe, Arkansas; speeding; $110 ... Stephanie Ann Vose, Springfield; identity theft; $200 and five days in jail, credit for time served. Jenifer Kaye Wardlow, Clever; no insurance ...

Published:  Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:03:00 GMT

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