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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.

 

Anti-fraud efforts curb improper payments involving taxes

The Indiana Department of Revenue says identity theft prevention and refund fraud detection programs helped halt more than $9.7 million in improper payments during the 2018 budget year. Revenue Commis...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:56:00 GMT



Laurel Co. deputies seeking identity of theft suspect

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Deputies with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in searching for a theft suspect. Deputies say the suspect is accused of taking an RV camper from Day Br...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 11:44:00 GMT



Pasco man who stole dead man's identity faces more charges, is fugitive from Kentucky

was charged with more crimes related to identity theft and is an apparent fugitive from Kentucky, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Mirick, 53, was arrested Oct. 18 after he and Angela Blais wer...

Published:  Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:04:00 GMT



Sheriff's Officials Seek Identity Of School Bus Theft Suspect

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) - Pike County Sheriff's officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the person they believe stole a school bus from the Board of Education. The incident occurred on ...

Published:  Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:38:00 GMT



Legal proceedings continue for several felony cases

Court records indicate the shootings, which left a person with gunshot wounds to the leg and hand, occurred near the intersection of Kentucky and Hayes streets ... McCraven is also charged with three ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Oct 2018 18:38:00 GMT



Protecting students from identity theft

Unless the credit holder is a victim of identity theft, there will be a fee of $10 when freezing credit in Kentucky. Parents should keep the PIN number of their child's account somewhere safe so it ca...

Published:  Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:52:00 GMT



McCracken Co., KY sheriff's office looking to ID vehicle theft suspect

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The McCracken County, Kentucky Sheriff's Office wants to identify a suspect who was alledgedly checking vehicle doors to see if they were locked and stealing items. The sheriff's ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:16:00 GMT



AARP KY Shred It - Help Prevent Identity Theft

Join AARP Kentucky, BBB, WHAS 11, Shred-It, River Metals Recycling and Kroger to shred your documents (up to four boxes) and your electronics, free. Accepted items: documents with person information, ...

Published:  Fri, 05 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT



Former Kentucky lawmaker pleads guilty to identity theft

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky lawmaker sent to prison for a bribery scheme has pleaded guilty to identity theft. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ex-state Rep. Keith Hall of Pikeville ent...

Published:  Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:58:00 GMT



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