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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.


Woman convicted for embezzling Iowa unemployment funds is going back to prison

third-degree theft and identity theft, according to court documents. She was hired at Iowa Workforce Development in 1998, and officials after her conviction said they didn't know about her criminal re...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:37:00 GMT

New Medicare cards in mail soon to fight fraud, ID theft, scams

The replacement cards, required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, are intended to fight fraud, identity theft and scams ... Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North ...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:06:00 GMT

Feds: Russian hackers targeted election websites in Fla., Ga. and Iowa in 2016 elections

The Des Moines, Iowa, Register, reported Friday that Iowa Secretary of ... The federal indictment announced in Washington on Friday included charges of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and money ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:04:00 GMT

Mueller indicts 12 Russians for DNC hacking

The charges: Eleven of the Russians are charged with identity theft, conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy ... and "visited the websites of certain counties in Georgia, Iowa, and Florida to ident...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:15:00 GMT

Florida to seek death penalty against "˜grandma' accused of killing woman to steal her identity

Riess also was indicted by a Florida grand jury for grand theft of a motor vehicle ... She also traveled to Northwood, Iowa, where she spent most of the day gambling at Diamond Jo Casino, the Dodge Co...

Published:  Wed, 04 Jul 2018 12:17:00 GMT

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