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Identity Theft in Nebraska

Nebraska MapIn Nebraska, 52.2 people out of every 100,000 inhabitants will become the victims of identity theft in an average year. This crime can have deep, long-lasting impact on individuals' lives, as criminals damage victims' ability to get a mortgage or rent an apartment, to open up a new credit card, to get a job, or to set up utilities at a new place of residence. Identity thieves can use stolen names and social security numbers, among other pieces of information, to get expensive medical care, buy new cars, or even open up payday loans in multiple states - all before their victims are even aware. At best, it can take significant amounts of time and money to rectify the damage done; at worst, some people have been falsely imprisoned for crimes committed using their identities.

Fortunately, several Identity Theft Protection services are available to Nebraskans in order to avoid becoming one of the nearly 1,000 state residents who are likely to report identity theft this year. These services protect customers by monitoring their identifying information (e.g. social security numbers, bank and credit account numbers, birth dates) around the clock, detecting when any suspicious activity occurs and moving immediately to prevent any further attempts. Such companies also help customers to navigate the process of restoring their good name in the event of any identity theft that may occur, saving them a great deal of worry and time.

However, it is also important for Nebraska residents to take some common-sense steps to protect themselves from identity theft. Many people are familiar with "phishing" emails, which are set up to appear to originate from a trusted business or financial service provider and ask recipients to log in with their account numbers and passwords. In general, it is often unwise to click on such links in emails; customers should go directly to the business' website or call the customer service number on the back of the credit/debit card or on a monthly statement if they have any concerns.


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Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT

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Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:12:00 GMT

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Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

New Medicare cards are coming to protect identities; it's just unclear exactly when

Social Security numbers are vital personal information that should be closely guarded to avoid identity theft. Yet, many people carry around ... Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, So...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:19:00 GMT

Prosecutors indict Corvallis man accused of murdering Russian woman

Hargrove also faces one count of identity theft, a felony, for allegedly using the personal ... warrants at two residences associated with Hargrove. At 794 Montclair Drive NE in Albany, investigators ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:23:00 GMT

New Medicare cards for Minnesotans to start mailing after June 2018

Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and keep taxpayer dollars safe ... Send your donations to The Arc Mower County at 401 2nd Ave NE ...

Published:  Sat, 07 Jul 2018 06:18:00 GMT

Keep Your Data Off The Dark Web

You should also monitor your accounts for any sign of identity theft or fraudulent charges in case your measures fail. IntSights finds that so much credit card data is available on the black market th...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:10:00 GMT

KETV hosts phone bank on new Medicare cards

Recent legislation requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to address the risk of beneficiary personal identity theft ... are starting ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:43:00 GMT

New Medicare cards should arrive in the mail and should help fight ID theft

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Published:  Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:30:00 GMT

New Card, New Scam: How to Avoid the Newest Scams Targeting Medicare Users

Medicare has been mailing new identity cards to its over 5.7 million beneficiaries throughout California in an attempt to reduce identify theft and fraud ... Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, ...

Published:  Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:07:00 GMT

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