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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.


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 07:56:00 GMT

Another Look at Virtual Integrity

April and Sara, two twelve-year-old girls from Kansas are pretending to be twenty-something ... I started to see unnerving trends in cyberspace that went well beyond stopping identity theft, data brea...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 04:06:00 GMT

Why A Missouri Scrap Metal Law Is To Blame For Soaring Car Thefts In Kansas City

"Missouri is a leader, unfortunately in the nation in terms of auto theft," says Cpl. Nate Bradley with the Missouri Highway Patrol. How bad is it In Kansas City ... People who scrapping a car must s...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:26:00 GMT

Authorities ID victim

Initial information indicates that Bramich's mother is homeless in the area of Kansas City. Those with information about ... was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle t...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:28:00 GMT

Control Of The Kansas Legislature Is On The Ballot

"You know, maybe identity theft is not only about finances, it's also about politics," Waggoner said. He says Becker's views are too far left and out of step with most of this central Kansas district. ...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:03:00 GMT

Kansas ranks as one the least vulnerable states to ID theft and fraud

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) The Sunflower State is ranked as one of the safest against identity theft and fraud. The personal finance website WalletHub compared the 50 states across 10 key metrics. Those incl...

Published:  Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:22:00 GMT

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