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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 City daycare operator guilty in fraud scheme

... Star reports a federal jury in Kansas City found 41-year-old Sharif Karie guilty of 29 crimes including conspiracy, theft of government money, identity theft, wire fraud, and money laundering.

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:06:00 GMT



Kansas man sentenced for using customers' credit cards

Matthew Sander, former owner of Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Q, pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of identity theft, four counts of theft and one count of criminal use of a credit card. The Kansas Cit...

Published:  Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT



Identity thieves have an easy go during the federal shutdown

I'm betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do ...

Published:  Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:31:00 GMT



AG Derek Schmidt leading effort to fight ID theft

Kansas Attorney General , Derek Schmidt, is leading an effort to fight identity theft across the country. In 2018, the Social Security Administration was ordered to come up with a new database that co...

Published:  Sun, 13 Jan 2019 10:01:00 GMT



Kansas prison escapee apprehended in Independence

Kansas. Green is a minimum-security inmate currently imprisoned on an aggravated battery charge out of Wyandotte County. He has a long criminal record in Wyandotte County, including convictions for th...

Published:  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:12:00 GMT



Lenexa police hope to ID 3 men in credit card theft case

Police in Lenexa, Kansas, are asking for help in identifying three men in a credit card theft case. Investigators said the men ... Authorities believe the victim's card may have been cloned or her ide...

Published:  Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:11:00 GMT



How to Prevent Identity Theft Online

Preventing identity theft is about creating obstacles that make it harder ... a regulatory and government investigations attorney with Kansas City-based Kennyhertz Perry, LLC. That includes your phone ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 04:19:00 GMT



State Attorney General Joins Coalition Against Identity Theft

Synthetic identity theft occurs when criminals combine real social security ... Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebras...

Published:  Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:33:00 GMT



H&R Block Tax Identity Shield® helps protect tax identities

December 14, 2018 09:00 ET | Source: HRB Tax Group, Inc. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) en...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:07:00 GMT



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