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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.


Researchers aim to boost digital literacy skills of populations vulnerable to scams

Senior citizens and minority communities are the most common targets for online scams such as phishing and identity theft ... University of Kansas researchers have tested a program to find ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:02:00 GMT

Scams cheat older Americans out of almost $3 billion a year. Here's what to watch for

More than 1,500 seniors across the country contacted the committee's fraud hotline in 2018; however, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt ... to report for jury duty or not paying taxes. Identity the...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:20:00 GMT

United Hospital District Reports June 2018 Breach from Phishing Attack

The patients with breached Social Security numbers will receive a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration ... an Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City employee's vehicle ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:29:00 GMT

Meet the transgender activist suing the state of Kansas

She is suing the state of Kansas Health and Vitals Department to gain her right ... especially in this day and age when we have identity theft. When going to institutions, these institutions are where ...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 10:19:00 GMT

Sheriff asks for help to located wanted Kansas felon

SALINE COUNTY - Law enforcement authorities are asking the public for help locating a Kansas felon listed on the 24 Most ... felony arrest warrant with charges of: one count of Identity Theft and one ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:20:00 GMT

Cryptocurrency thief cops to million-dollar hacking scheme as tech squad builds rep

(Santa Clara Co. District Attorney's Office) Joel Ortiz, 20, pleaded no contest on Jan. 24 after being charged with 41 counts that included grand theft, identity theft and assorted ... On Sept. 24, Ka...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:23:00 GMT

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