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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.


Iowa nurse sentenced to prison for stealing pain pills

An Iowa nurse accused of stealing pain pills while working in ... and one count of aggravated identity theft.He admitted that while working at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton in 2016 and 2017, he ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:07:00 GMT

Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ne...

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

Quarterly evaluations proposed for welfare benefits in Iowa

Under the plan, a private company may be paid to process the information and cross check for identity theft or people claiming benefits ... Laura Hessburg of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violen...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:20:00 GMT

Bill Sees More Checks For Welfare Fraud

Statewide Iowa - A senate committee will soon consider ... a private company may be paid to process the information and cross check for identity theft or people claiming benefits in other ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:19:00 GMT

What does a scam look like With technology, it's tricky

If an Iowa State student, faculty or staff member does click on a scam email in their university email, they can reach out to the ITS Security Team by email at Victims of scam ...

Published:  Sun, 03 Feb 2019 14:33:00 GMT

Eastern Iowa Home & Landscaping Show Contest Rules

Each winner will receive 4 (four) tickets to the Eastern Iowa Home & Landscaping Show February ... rules to their members. Proof of age, identity, and eligibility must be furnished to Sponsor ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:15:00 GMT

Mason City man sentenced for stealing pain pills

James Allen Moorehead of Mason City pleaded guilty to acquiring drugs through fraud, making false statements related to health care matters, and aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Attorney's Office f...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:17:00 GMT

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