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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.


Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

South Dakota, Vermont, Maine and Indiana join Hawaii to round out the top five for identity theft. Nebraska reports the least amount of fraud, followed by Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT

Senior Friendship Center hosts fraud workshop

TORRINGTON - Over 100 people attended a workshop to prevent identity theft at the Torrington Senior Friendship ... forums a few times each year throughout Goshen County and western Nebraska. Anne Gard...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:00:00 GMT

Burglary, drugs headline November indictments

Janice Sarah Faye Middleton, 32, of London and 32-year-old Amanda Colwell of London - two counts of second-degree persistent felony offender and theft of identity of another ... James Barry Murphy, 55 ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:31:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:37:00 GMT

Attorney general addresses scams, identity theft

DAVID CITY - The mobile office of the Attorney General was stationed at David City's Senior Services Center on April 12 to spread awareness about ongoing scams in Nebraska and ways to combat identity ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:14:00 GMT

Insurance saleswoman accused of fraud, identity theft

ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) - A 41-year-old insurance saleswoman is accused of fraud in the Nebraska Panhandle. Box Butte County Court records say Mandy Fair is charged with felony counts of insurance fraud a...

Published:  Mon, 23 Jul 2018 05:53:00 GMT

Presentation on Identity Theft

Presentation on Identity Theft Nebraska Financial Education Coalition is sponsoring a presentation on identity theft Wednesday March 7, 3:30-4:30 PM in the Nebraska East Union Cottonwood Room. The pre...

Published:  Sat, 03 Mar 2018 16:00:00 GMT

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