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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.


'Do you believe I faked my own life': Valley officer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make him prove he is the real Ricardo Alvarado. "Do you believe I faked my own life in Bowling Green, Kentucky" he said.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT

NKY man stole victim's identity to obtain $1M from priest abuse settlement, feds say

A federal grand jury has charged a Northern Kentucky man with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in an indictment for attempting to fraudulently obtain $1 million from a victims' fund. Matthew Ashcraft, also known as Andrew McCormick, 32, of ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 12:50:00 GMT

Louisville man ordered to pay more than $100,000 back to victims of credit card skimming

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man who planted skimmers at ... possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices, and aggravated identity theft. So far, federal and local authorities have found 50 active skimmers, resulting in $3.5 million stolen.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 08:23:00 GMT

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No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet ... Seven states-Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin-have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT

Police seek suspect in battery theft

A company employee told police the theft ... suspect's identity can call the Paducah Police Department at 444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 443-TELL. Those with information ma also submit a tip online through the city of Paducah website at ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 23:31:00 GMT

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