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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.


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 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

How to Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft

Recovering from medical identity theft can become more complex if ... a network control company based in Santa Clara, California. Some older electronic devices that haven't had their software updated are riddled with security weaknesses that hackers ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT

California EDD Finally Removes Social Security Numbers From Some Mailed Documents Following KPIX 5 Investigation

Following our reporting in 2015, the EDD agreed to stop putting millions of California's at risk for identity theft by printing full Social Security numbers on clearly-marked, bi-weekly mailed documents. Now, KPIX 5 has learned that was just one of the ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 17:23:00 GMT

Dose of their own medicine! Owners of 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, 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

Accused of ruining lives, 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 The arrest warrant, which seeks to extradite the ...

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

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