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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.


Suspect in Kansas killing threatened man during attempted car theft

Court documents say one of three teens charged in suburban Kansas City killing later told someone who resisted his car theft attempt that "the last ... The Topeka Zoo has released the identity of the ...

Published:  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:49:00 GMT

Feds: 12 facing identity theft and benefit fraud charges

Eleven of the 12 were charged with aggravated identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number. One was charged with misuse of a Social Security number. They all lived at one point ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:41:00 GMT

Public record for April 10

Coons, Kansas City; speeding; $81 ... while suspended/revoked near South Albany Avenue and East Van Buren Street. Thursday, Feb. 21 Identity theft was reported in the 1000 block of North Oakland ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:57:00 GMT

Four small bees were found living in a woman's eye

The insects are attracted to sweat and can also drink tears, which are rich in protein, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society ... to reveal this year's list of honorees. Identity ...

Published:  Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:07:00 GMT

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide If Immigration Law Preempts State Law Prosecution

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a case involving prosecution for identity theft under Kansas law based on information in the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Kansas v. Garcia ...

Published:  Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:58:00 GMT

Supreme Court takes up Kansas identity theft case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a bid by Kansas to revive the state's policy of prosecuting people for identity theft for using other people's Social ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:08:00 GMT

Supreme Court to decide if states can prosecute undocumented immigrants for identity theft

Kansas and a coalition of 10 other states say they should be able to use that information to combat identity theft. The Kansas Supreme Court threw out convictions of three undocumented immigrants, ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:29:00 GMT

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