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Identity Theft in Kentucky

Kentucky MapIn Kentucky, identity theft happens at a rate of 48.4 victims for every 100,000 individuals. For the 2,000 Kentuckians in a typical year who experience identity theft, the effects can be significant. Complications of Identity theft can result in an inability to obtain credit for home mortgages or automobile purchases, false imprisonment, and many other costly, time-consuming problems.

What can people in Kentucky do to avoid identity theft? Protecting their personal data is usually the best approach. Wise habits include not carrying social security cards or other documents with the number given; not providing their social security number when because a business requests it without first verifying how their information will be used and protected; checking annual credit reports ; protecting computers using anti-virus software, and using complex passwords on Internet accounts; and not giving personal details over the phone unless the call is initiated by the individual (for example. a credit cardholder would call the customer service number on the back of her card, rather than respond to a phone call that probably came from a scammer).

In addition, many Identity Theft Protection services are available in Kentucky that offer around-the-clock monitoring of personal information (e.g. bank accounts, credit inquiries, etc.) and rapid response when any suspicious activity is detected.

How do criminals use stolen identity in Kentucky? They can use personal data - a social security number, a name, an address, and so on - to obtain medical care; to open up new credit card accounts; to file a false tax return and steal the refund, without the taxpayer finding out until he tries to file his own return later in the year. It seems that new ways for criminals to steal identifying details and use it for their benefit are constantly emerging, but Kentuckians can protect themselves from identity theft with protection services and wise decisions with respect to their personal information.


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AAA East Central and the Louisville Metro Police Department have teamed up to help Kentucky residents not get their identities stolen. Identity theft is quickly becoming one of the most common crimes, ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:53:00 GMT

AGs want stronger ID theft protections by banks, credit card companies

FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) - A group of state attorney generals are wanting stronger protections regarding federal rules that require banks and credit card companies to detect and prevent identity theft. Th...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:23:00 GMT

Boyd jail escapee indicted on new charges

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. - An Ashland man who used another prisoner's identity ... James Brewer, 31, of the 4500 block of Blackburn Avenue, was indicted on charges of escape, identity theft, forgery and bein...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:40:00 GMT

Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ne...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

Richmond business owner admits to using fake identity before arrest

He even opened his restaurant, Tela's Kentucky Sandwich Shack, next to the Madison County Courthouse. Thomas celebrated the grand opening in January, but now he is in jail as a fugitive from justice. ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:23:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Neb...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Don't let criminals steal your tax return

FORT KNOX, Kentucky - In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service reported ... it's pretty certain to be fraudulent." Also making the list is identity theft, a more subtle way to fleece taxpayers. Sandbrink ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:15:00 GMT

UPDATE: Suspect ID'd After Arrest In Shooting Of Hopkinsville Officer

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - A suspect in the shooting ... officers spotted both the stolen vehicle and the vehicle that the theft victim described as belonging to the suspects.

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:16:00 GMT

Former county treasurer pleads guilty to stealing $161K

A joint statement from the FBI and Kentucky State Police says 38-year-old Beth N. Sallee of McKee pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 01:50:00 GMT

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