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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.


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Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:47:00 GMT

Arkansas prosecutors seek circuit court cybercrime fee

"This includes identity theft and the use of stolen debit cards." There were nearly 1,900 instances of internet crime in Arkansas in 2016, from nonpayment scams to cyber-attacks on state agencies, acc...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:01:00 GMT

UPDATE: Identity of Bodies Found in Shallow Grave Released

52 year-old Kimberly Younger of Texas, 35 year-old Rusty Fraiser of Texas, and 54 year-old Michael Fowler of Florida are all facing charges of abuse of a corpse, theft of property ... Mellor announced ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:49:00 GMT

Bodies of elderly couple found in shallow grave in Ozark National Forest in Arkansas; 3 arrested

Rusty Frasier, Micheal Fowler and Kimberly Younger were booked into the county jail on charges of abuse of a corpse, felony theft and tampering with physical ... and wife being killed and then buried ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:47:00 GMT

Woodbury Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft of Approximately 300 People

According to court records, Hai Jay Phu Vu pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft and one count of obtaining unemployment benefits through false representation ... AdChoices YOU MAY LIKE Sponso...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:12:00 GMT

Sirens: Men Steal Wallet, Attempt to Use Credit Cards; Suspect Arrested on Warrant, Identity Theft; Motorcycle Stolen After Rider Runs Out of Gas

At 9:39 a.m., a third-degree theft was reported in the 600 block of Northwest Arkansas Way. A person reportedly took $45 in merchandise. " At 6:41 p.m. on Tuesday, a burglary was reported at an abando...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:17:00 GMT

Gone, but not forgotten: Mr. Clean stars in made-in-Arkansas movie

From Authentic Arkansas, a series written by the staff of the Arkansas ... His story focused on a young man who was lynched for horse theft, the subsequent revenge by the young man's father, played by ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

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