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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.


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 16:28:00 GMT

Identity Thieves Still Successful Despite Credit Freezes

Use credit/ account freezes as part of your identity theft defense. Don't give thieves any window to abuse your accounts, no matter how small the window may be. If you would like to prevent identity t...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:27:00 GMT

Suspect in officer's killing dies in police shootout; another officer hurt but "˜should be OK'

Lutu did not know the identity of the officer who was shot in the arm ... midnight today following the arrest of two people on suspicion of auto theft. Update: 2:30 a.m. Hawaii island resident Elise T...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:05:00 GMT

Police ID Lubbock woman killed by train in Plainview

Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from Kilauea volcano. Suspected ID thief arrested at Madison Walmart Suspected ID thief arrested at Madison Walmart ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:21:00 GMT

Keep your data off the dark web

You should also monitor your accounts for any sign of identity theft or fraudulent charges in case your measures fail. IntSights finds that so much credit card data is available on the black market th...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:14:00 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

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

National Consumer Protection Week: Identity Theft

... contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit by calling the Identity Theft Hotline at 800-908-4490 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm local time (Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacifi...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Katherine Kealoha's Boyfriend Pleads Guilty To Federal Conspiracy

Jesse Ebersole, a Hawaii County firefighter who federal prosecutors say ... The Kealohas also face a series of financial crimes, including bank fraud and identity theft. Federal officials became aware ...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:01:00 GMT

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