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Identity Theft in Hawaii

Hawaii MapIn Hawaii, identity theft happens at a rate of 45.1 victims for every 100,000 in the state's population. While this may not sound high, for the more than 300 Hawaiians in a typical year who experience identity theft, the effects can be severe. Unresolved identity issues can result in false imprisonment, inability to obtain credit for home mortgages or automobile purchases, and many other costly and time-consuming problems.

How do criminals use stolen identity? They can take a few pieces of personal information - a name, social security number, an address, among others - and use them to obtain medical care, for anything from a hip replacement to cosmetic surgery; to open up a number of new credit card accounts, making thousands of dollars in purchases before the victim of identity theft even realizes it; to file a fraudulent tax return and walk away with a sizable refund, which goes unnoticed until the taxpayer tries to file a return and learns that one was already filed earlier in the year, using his or her information. It seems that new ways for criminals to steal identifying details and use it for their benefit are constantly emerging.

What can residents of Hawaii do to protect themselves from identity theft? Safeguarding their personal information is often the best strategy. Smart practices include not carrying their social security cards or other documents with the number listed; not giving out their social security number just because a business requests it; checking annual credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements; protecting computers using anti-spam and anti-virus software, firewalls, and using hard-to-guess passwords on Internet accounts; and refusing to give out personal information over the phone unless the call is initiated by the individual (e.g. a credit cardholder calls the customer service number given on the back of the card, as opposed to responding to a phone call that likely did not come from the credit card company but rather from a scammer).

In addition, many Identity Theft Protection services are available in Hawaii and can give customers an added layer of security and greater peace of mind.


Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

On the other hand, Hawaii, South Dakota, Vermont, Iowa and Maine were ranked as the safest states to conduct online business. Financial Education Benefits Center (FEBC), a membership benefits company ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT

Wanted Wednesday: Bench warrant issued for woman accused of identity theft, forgery

"When an employee asked to see their Identification card, the male showed the employee a Hawaii driver's license ... placed under arrest for attempted theft in the second degree, and other forgery and ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:42:00 GMT

Michigan Is 2018's 9th Most Vulnerable State to Identity Theft

Nevada is where the worst identity theft happens, followed by Florida, New Jersey, Delaware and California. Michigan is ninth in the nation, the report found. Meanwhile, Hawaii was found the least vul...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:48:00 GMT

Kansas ranks as one the least vulnerable states to ID theft and fraud

13th for preventing fraud and 9th for the state's ID theft policy. Hawaii, South Dakota and Vermont ranked as the best states against ID theft. Nevada, Florida and New Jersey ranked as the worst.

Published:  Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:22:00 GMT

People in this state are at the highest risk for identity theft

Florida, New Jersey, Delaware and California round out the top five with the most identity theft and fraud reported. The state with the fewest reported per capita incidents is Hawaii. Not only have so...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:21:00 GMT

Police seek ID of car theft suspect

KAILUA-KONA - Hawaii Island police are asking for the public's assistance identifying a man involved ina car theft that occurred Sunday in ... Anyone with any information about this case or the identi...

Published:  Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:44:00 GMT

Report: Nevada is top state for identity theft

Its 14.4 victims per 100,000 residents ranked second only to Hawaii, but it's total identity theft loss per capita was more than double the next closest state. The three factors combined led publisher...

Published:  Thu, 02 Aug 2018 02:03:00 GMT

Aging Well: Protecting seniors from identity theft

Hawaii residents, including children under age 16 ... The Office of Consumer Protection recommends consumers do the following to protect themselves from identity theft: " Regularly request their free ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:27:00 GMT

SF man convicted of credit card fraud, identity theft

The four convictions were one count of fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices for the Hawaii trip, two counts of carrying out fraudulent transactions with access devices issued to other people, ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:45:00 GMT

Police seek ID of suspect in theft from Hilo store

KAILUA-KONA - Hawaii Island police are asking the public for help in identifying the person whose image was captured on surveillance cameras during a theft earlier this year ... Anyone with informatio...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:55:00 GMT

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