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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.


Kansas pre-teen victim of identity theft in Milwaukee

A mom from Kansas is trying to sort out how her son's Social Security number was used to rent a car, open bank accounts and credit cards in Milwaukee, especially since he's just 11-years-old. Wiesje Sammis said she recently got a confusing call from a ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 21:44:00 GMT

Cancer patients trusted her for life-saving care. She was really a "˜pitiless scammer,' cops say

aggravated identity theft and making false statements. But over the past 15 years, she had changed her name plenty of times as she offered bogus medical treatments to sick and dying patients across the U.S., from Alabama and Georgia to Arkansas and Kansas ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 17:06:00 GMT

Student steals professor's computer passwords, changes grade

A former University of Kansas student who admitted stealing professors' computer passwords in order to change his failing grades has been convicted of four felonies. Varun Sarja, 20, of Olathe, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of identity theft and ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 10:43:00 GMT

182% Increase in ID Records on Darknet With Kids' Personal Info Being Exploited

Referred to as synthetic identity theft, this type of fraud differs from traditional ... A case in point is an eleven-year-old boy from Kansas whose Social Security number was used to rent a car and open bank accounts and credit cards in Wisconsin.

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Student who hacked KU computers convicted of 4 felonies

(AP) - A former University of Kansas student has been convicted of four felonies after he hacked into the university's computer system to change his grades. Twenty-year-old Varun Sarja of Olathe pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of identity theft and ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 10:32:00 GMT

Former IRS agent sentenced for identity theft in Arkansas

Payne pleaded guilty in January to false presentation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft in exchange for two other charges being dismissed. Prosecutors say Payne obtained personal information of the business owner while auditing the ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 09:52:00 GMT

Fraudulent "naturopathic" Hoover doctor to serve 6 years

Isabell Kasari Gervais, who operated a clinic called Euro Med Klinic in Hoover, last year pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of aggravated identity theft ... and Kansas using both her name and different ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 19:20:00 GMT

3 Wichita men charged with possessing guns stolen from sheriff's office vehicle

Each man faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. Kansas Department of Corrections records show Keller is on Community Corrections for identity theft and forgery. He also has prior convictions of drug possession and forgery.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 09:08:00 GMT

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