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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.

 

BBB URGES BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE EPIDEMIC OF IDENTITY THEFT

California is ranked third highest per capita with reported ID theft complaints of 140 per 100k population, according to Experian. "Identity fraud is a rampant epidemic," says Matthew Fehling, CEO of ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT



Will Kids Be the Next Generation of Stolen Identity Victims FEBC Says They Already Are

FEBC works with LifeLock to bring members identity theft protection, from early detection to remediation ... Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The membership com...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:33:00 GMT



FTC Shuts Down Purveyors of Fake Documents Used for Fraud, Identity Theft

Identity theft was the second biggest category of consumer complaints ... The FTC filed the proposed order with Moore in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, while the propo...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:00:00 GMT



IDMERIT Provides Verification for India's Government Identity Documents

San Diego, CA, September 19, 2018 --(PR.com)-- IDMERIT ... many remaining without identity documents, and identity theft becoming a major issue. "If you are transacting business with someone in India, ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:14:00 GMT



Here's Why Business Email Compromise Is Still Driving Executive Identity Theft

Soon after, the purchaser sent that six-figure payment to a bank account controlled by Ederaine - one of 23 he had set up at various California financial institutions using six different false ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 05:16:00 GMT



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