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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.


Free identity theft learning session is Sept. 18

SIBLEY, Iowa - Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will offer a free identity theft learning session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Sibley Public Library. The program will provi...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:34:00 GMT

Employee at Food Bank of Iowa accused of embezzlment

A former employee of the Food Bank of Iowa is accused of embezzling a lot of dough - about $35,000 from the non-profit. Thirty-one-year-old Lauren Phillips of Bondurant has been charged with first deg...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:11:00 GMT

Garner man to stand trial for drug dealing and ID theft

GARNER, Iowa - A not guilty plea is entered in a case of drugs and identity theft. Julian Taylor Washington, 20 of Garner, is pleading not guilty to possession with intent to deliver LSD, identity the...

Published:  Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:33:00 GMT

Former Iowa food bank employee accused of embezzling nearly $35K

A former Food Bank of Iowa employee has been accused of stealing nearly $35,000 while working for the nonprofit. Polk County court records say 31-year-old Lauren Phillips is charged with theft, identi...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:29:00 GMT

National survey: most don't protect their online identity

Using different and complex passwords is one simple way to help prevent identity theft. About half of the ... a digital marketing agency based in Davenport, Iowa. "It is more secure to write ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:18:00 GMT

Police: Ex-Food Bank of Iowa Employee Embezzled $35,000

DES MOINES, Iowa - A former Food Bank of Iowa employee ... first degree fraudulent practices, forgery, and identity theft over $1,000. Police say she worked in the accounts department at the ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 05:34:00 GMT

Food Bank Employee Accused Of Embezzlement

and identity theft over $1,000. Police say she worked in the accounts department at the food bank for about a year. The Food Bank of Iowa provides food to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters ...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:05:00 GMT

Former Food Bank of Iowa employee accused of stealing $35,000 from nonprofit

A former employee of the Food Bank of Iowa has been arrested after police say she embezzled ... two counts of first-degree fraudulent practice, two counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery. ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:47:00 GMT

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