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Identity Theft in Kansas

Kansas MapBecause identity theft is becoming increasingly prevalent, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that Kansas residents take four primary steps to better protect themselves: securing computers and other electronic devices, asking questions before choosing to share personal information, knowing with whom information will be shared, and both storing and disposing of personal information in a secure way. In this way, Kansans can avoid becoming one of the nearly 2,000 residents who report being a victim of identity theft in an average year.

Criminals often use personal information in a number of ways. Social security numbers are particularly targeted for theft, as they can be used to rent an apartment, get a job, open new lines of credit, or even to file a fraudulent tax return and walk away with taxpayer's refunds. For this reason, it is especially important for people in Kansas to protect their social security number; it should not be disclosed just because it is requested by a business, and any documents bearing an individual's social security number - including the card itself - should not be routinely carried in a purse or wallet, but rather left at home until absolutely necessary. Thieves also use stolen information to get medical care, from routine services to elective or cosmetic surgery; to drain checking and savings accounts; and to open payday loans in multiple states.

One recommended way to protect Kansas consumers is to use Identity Theft Protection services. These companies offer 24-hour monitoring of credit accounts and other uses of personal information, and can detect any suspicious activity in a matter of minutes. This offers Kansans a significant degree of peace of mind, knowing that fraudulent transactions can be stopped before they escalate into major security breaches, which can often impact their lives in costly, time-consuming ways for months - or even years.


Former NBA player sentenced in Kansas City to federal prison for fraud, identity theft

A former NBA player famous for nearly killing another man on the basketball court has been sentenced in Kansas City for fraudulently taking money meant for an African charity. Kermit Washington, 66, w...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Kansas man admits to taking videos while having sex with girls in the Philippines

possessing child pornography and identity theft. In his guilty plea, Shultz admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl in the Philippines. He took video of the sexual encoun...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:53:00 GMT

Freezing a child's credit can protect them from identity theft

Criminals stealing a child's identity is more common than you might think ... one in four kids will be victims of I.D. fraud before the age of 18. A Kansas City woman warns it's easy to pay a monthly ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:51:00 GMT

Chicago man denies identity theft charge

An accused accomplice traveling with Reasonover, La'Dina M. Coleman, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of identity theft. Her case is due for a pretrial hearing Aug. 6, a...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:27:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former professional basketball player ... Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. Washington is among 11 d...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

Charity fraud scheme nets former NBA player six years in prison

Washington pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of aggravated identity theft in relation to a fraudulent ... He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Kansas City in ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:42:00 GMT

UPDATE: Identity of Bodies Found in Shallow Grave Released

52 year-old Kimberly Younger of Texas, 35 year-old Rusty Fraiser of Texas, and 54 year-old Michael Fowler of Florida are all facing charges of abuse of a corpse, theft of property and ... Amy Mellor a...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:49:00 GMT

Ex-NBA player sentenced for charity fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Former NBA player Kermit Washington has ... pleading guilty in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washington played for several NBA t...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:14:00 GMT

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