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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.


Arkansans lost $1.7 million last year to scammers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Debt collection scams are on the rise ... and the one Arkansans tended to fall for. The other top scams are identity theft and imposter scams wherein the caller poses as a trust...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:42:00 GMT

Many consumers worry about identity theft and credit card info hacking

RIYADH - Five out of 10 consumers, globally, are anxious about identity theft, while 77 percent are totally against their data being sold on, according to a study released Sunday by KPMG International ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:00:00 GMT

POLICE BEAT: Police ID Little Rock man in stolen-gun case; shooting suspect pursued, arrested

A Little Rock man was charged Friday morning after police identified him as possessing two stolen AR-15 rifles, according to an arrest ... He was charged with theft by receiving, criminal use of prohi...

Published:  Sun, 04 Nov 2018 22:26:00 GMT

Protect your identity while online shopping

LITTLE ROCK - Every year, countless American shoppers fall victim to identity thieves by not following a few ... it comes to protecting personal and financial information," said Arkansas Attorney Gene...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:20:00 GMT

circuit court, Nov. 6

He is in custody in Arkansas. " Sondra D. Cox was continued for arraignment ... Jeremy Jay Veach was continued to Feb. 5, 2019, on theft of identity of another without consent. Pretrial conferences" " ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:35:00 GMT

Court accepts pleas over forgery, theft, drug charges

He was sentenced to 36 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC), less 83 ... Lowrance, 22, has negotiated a plea of guilty to a charge of one count of theft by receiving of property valu...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 02:17:00 GMT

Arkansas man pleads guilty to federal charge related to identity theft

He and co-defendant were arrested by St. Louis County police in July with information on more than 700 people

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:08:00 GMT

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