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Identity Theft in Iowa

Iowa MapIdentity theft in Iowa is becoming more prevalent, as criminals use personal information in a number of ways. Criminals can use personal information to drain bank accounts, rack up charges on credit cards, open new accounts for utilities, and even get medical treatment using stolen health insurance cards. Such identity theft is often costly and time-consuming for victims to repair, and in a typical year more than 1,000 Iowans find themselves struggling with the effects of this crime.

To protect themselves against identity theft, residents of Iowa should take a number of steps to safeguard their personal information. One of the most common sources of identity theft is information shared online, so Iowans should make sure to look out for "phishing" scams that try to get them to disclose social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and even bank account numbers; to look for the "lock" icon in the status bar of their internet browsers to ensure that any information transmitted is encrypted; to wipe hard drives before disposing of computers; and to not share too much information on social media.

It is equally important for Iowa residents to keep their information safe offline by removing labels from prescription bottles before throwing them out; shredding credit offers, insurance forms, checks, receipts, and other similar documents; keeping financial records and documents locked in a safe place at home; and limiting what they carry in their purses and wallets, leaving only the items they will need and keeping the rest at home (particularly Social Security cards).

Identity Theft Protection services are also available in Iowa, to give an added layer of protection against identity theft. These services monitor customers' information around-the-clock and can detect suspicious activity quickly and move to block the fraudulent transactions. Iowans can have greater peace of mind knowing that they will be able to respond promptly, rather than finding out that they have been victims of identity theft weeks, months, or even years after the fact.


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

Florida woman released on own recognizance on felony charges fails to show for court

Buzzard also is charged with two counts of identity theft over $1,000 ... Buzzard went to the drive-through of the University of Iowa Credit Union, 2123 53rd Ave., Bettendorf.

Published:  Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:56:00 GMT

Trump's Top Lawman Cut Teeth With Partisan Attacks, TV Spots

As U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, he prosecuted child pornography and oversaw a crackdown on a Swift & Co. meatpacking plant, ultimately securing convictions of abo...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:53:00 GMT

Voya settles first U.S. SEC case under identity theft rule

The SEC on Wednesday said the settlement resolved charges under the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule ... Voya Financial Advisors has offices in Des Moines, Iowa.

Published:  Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Woman Sentenced for ID Theft, Bank Fraud in 3-State Region

A Marshall, Minnesota, woman has been sentenced in federal court in South Dakota to nearly three years in prison for an identity theft and bank fraud scheme ... South Dakota and Iowa. Hatch-Pequin and ...

Published:  Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:44:00 GMT

Iowa taxpayers will see additional protections against tax-related identity theft this filing season

The Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR) is once again joining forces with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other state revenue agencies, and the tax filing software industry to combat tax-related iden...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:15:00 GMT

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