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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.

 

Attempted identity theft led police to reopen '86 missing toddler case

LAS VEGAS (KSNV/CNN) - North Las Vegas police say attempted identity theft prompted them to reopen a cold case more than 30 years later involving the disappearance of 3-year-old Francillion Pierre. "I...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:26:00 GMT



Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

"Now is not the time to roll back identity theft protections. Consumers deserve more protection, not less." The letter was also signed by attorneys general of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT



AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT



State Attorneys General urge FTC to maintain and modernize identity theft rules

and an official from the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection, responded to the FTC's request for comment on whether the agency should make changes to its identity theft detection rules (the Red Flags ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:01:00 GMT



Attorney says another state hospital patient has confessed to giving Randall Saito fake ID's

Saito escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital in November 2017 ... Green adds that the confession could clear Saito from the charge of identity theft, which carries a stiffer penalty than the escape ch...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:01:00 GMT



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