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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.


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 12:57:00 GMT

Credit Card Freezes 101

Identity theft accounted for $16.8 billion in losses in 2017 spread across 16.7 million victims, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. Were you one of the unfortunate 16.7 million Victim or not ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:38:00 GMT

Hilo man accused of crime spree

Sanvin Silem is charged with first-degree theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, third-degree identity theft ... He remains in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 03:05:00 GMT

Feds: Hackers increasingly target small businesses

Data breaches last year were up 45 percent over the prior year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center ... Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, one of the authors of the NIST bill, said that as ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:39:00 GMT

Reliable Respiratory Says Phishing Attack Affected 21K Individuals

Hawaii-based Fetal Diagnostic Institute of ... Carpenters Benefit Funds is providing free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to participants who might have had their Social ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:45:00 GMT

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