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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.


Former pageant queen heading back to prison on fraud charges

She was ordered to serve 20 years for identity theft after stealing $200,000 from 23 individuals. The convicted thief was later released on parole for that crime. She reigned with the Miss Hawaii Inte...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:02:00 GMT

Freeze your child's credit for their financial protection

Levins says child identity theft isn't a huge problem in Hawaii, but now that it's free to freeze credit, why not take one more measure to keep your kids safe Additionally, effective in September 201...

Published:  Sun, 08 Jul 2018 19:06:00 GMT

Convicted beauty queen gets 5 years for padding tips

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much more of each ... She pleaded guilty in 2011 to 140 counts of theft, identity theft, credit card theft, forgery, money laundering, unauthorized posses...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:21:00 GMT

The Oldest Living Man and Veteran Just Became a Victim of Identity Theft

The oldest living war veteran and man in America has encountered an identity thief who's emptied out his entire ... the oldest living man in America and U.S. veteran. He served in Hawaii and the South ...

Published:  Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT

Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation ... she killed her husband -- and then killed a woman to steal her identity -- is back in Florida to face murder and theft charges in the ...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:29:00 GMT

Status of missing drug evidence case a mystery

The case was formally referred to the Hawaii County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney on March 2 for review of possible charges. Because no arrest has been made in the case, Big Island newspapers hav...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 03:05:00 GMT

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