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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.


Identity theft is a growing problem in Iowa, experts warn

Iowa is being targeted by organized crime units from Miami and Houston that steal people's credit card numbers by installing skimming devices at ATMs and fuel pumps, according to an identity theft expert. Mike Burke, a security and investigations expert ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 08:22:00 GMT

Iowa Woman Guilty of Stealing From Dead Fiancee, Mother

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft for stealing more than $191,000 from her now-dead fiancee and his elderly mother. Robin Ann Bertelli, of Cedar Rapids, was arrested last month on a 35-count indictment ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 15:24:00 GMT

Cedar Rapids woman convicted of stealing nearly $200,000 from deceased boyfriend and his mother

Robin Ann Bertelli, 60, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The plea agreement shows ... s Office for the Northern District of Iowa was selected as one of ten districts nationwide ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 15:34:00 GMT

Buyer Beware: Hundreds of Bitcoin Wannabes Show Hallmarks of Fraud

"Paragon is dedicated to staying compliant with all applicable laws, and endeavored to do so throughout the entire ICO process," said Ms. VerSteeg, who was the 2014 Miss Iowa United States and is currently Paragon's chief executive, in a statement ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 09:10:00 GMT

UPDATE: Missing SC child found in Decorah, parents jailed

The fifth-degree theft charges stem from a purse that was discovered in the van. The purse --- along with ID cards, Social Security card and gift cards inside --- had been reported stolen from Le Mars, Iowa, court records state.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Iowa woman guilty of stealing nearly $200K from dead Navy SEAL fiance, his mother

his mother An Iowa woman has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft for stealing more than $191,000 from her now-dead fiancee and his elderly mother. Check out this story on

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 02:45:00 GMT

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