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Identity Theft in California

California MapDid you know that, as a resident of California, you have one of the highest chances in the nation of becoming a victim of identity theft? In a typical year, more than 42,000 Californians report having their identity stolen, at a rate of 114.2 people for every 100,000 individuals in the state.

Criminals use identity theft in a variety of ways in California. One of the most visible is credit card theft: taking your credit card number (through "phishing", skimmers, or a host of other ways) and using it to rack up purchases in your name. While many credit card companies actively monitor your habits and notify you if there is suspicious activity, many victims of identity theft have had to spend a significant amount of time and money to prove that purchases made with their cards were fraudulent.

Another common use of stolen information is for health care: from knee replacement to liposuction, a stolen social security card and driver's license can give thieves access to medical care in your name. Finally, the IRS has reported an increase in tax-related identity theft, as thieves use social security numbers to file a fraudulent tax return, often early in the year, to claim a refund. Taxpayers in California often aren't aware of this kind of criminal activity until they go to file their own return and find out that one was already submitted for that tax year.

As a Californian, what can you do to better safeguard your personal information and prevent identity theft, or repair the damage quickly if it should occur? To reduce your risk, don't make a habit of having your social security number with you: both social security cards and documents that have that information should be left in a safe place at home whenever possible. Check your credit report every year, and if you see any unrecognized accounts, file a report both with your local police department and with the Federal Trade Commission. Finally, look into the many reputable Identity Theft Protection services available in your area, as they can help monitor your credit information and notify you immediately in case of any suspicious activity.

 

Dose of their own medicine! Owners of Mugshots.com are arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft as THEIR mugs now circulate the internet after they made ...

Now the mugs of Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, two of the four alleged owners of Mugshots.com, are circulating the internet after they were arrested on charges of extortion, money laundering and identity theft. The website owners believed to be Sarid ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 12:05:00 GMT



Unsmiling faces help prevent identity theft in Nova Scotia

Bland driver's licence photos are a key part of the Nova Scotia government's strategy to protect people from identity theft and keep itself from being defrauded. Photos with no smiles, no glasses and bored, flat expressions are a must. "That's really ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 04:40:00 GMT



This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Amy Wang, identity theft victim But the first sign of problems didn't pop ... based social networking site Nextdoor.com about missing mail in their Bakersfield, California, community. When Woroch went to retrieve her mail, she noticed some of the units ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT



Accused of ruining lives, Mugshots.com owners charged with extortion, money laundering and identity theft

About 175 of those individuals had billing addresses in California. Becerra has filed charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four men who are allegedly behind the Mugshots.com. The arrest warrant, which seeks to extradite the ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:08:00 GMT



State Hospital patient who escaped to California indicted on identity theft charges

The Hawaii State Hospital patient who walked away from the facility in November and jumped a plane to California has been indicted on escape and identity theft charges. Randall Saito remains behind bars, where he's been since being snagged in California ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 15:33:00 GMT



Mugshots.com owners arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Two alleged owners of Mugshots.com, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, were arrested in south Florida for charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft, according to ... The attorney general of California, Xavier Becerra, was the one who pressed ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:47:00 GMT



Randall Saito indicted for escape and identity theft

This new indictment adds four counts of identity theft in the first degree. Saito is accused of using fake ID's and thousands of dollars in cash to escape to California. He was committed to the Hawaii state hospital after he was found not guilty of ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 13:31:00 GMT



A new way to manage identity theft risk

A law intended to reduce the risk of identity theft, which is covered under some home insurance policies, is one step closer to reality in Ontario. Bill 8, the Access to Consumer Credit Reports and Elevator Availability Act, passed third reading on ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 13:47:00 GMT



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