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Identity Theft in Nevada

Nevada MapDoes it surprise you to learn that Nevada has the fifth highest rate of identity theft in the United States? Approximately 2,800 cases of identity theft in Nevada are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year. These stolen identities are used in a number of ways by criminals: to obtain expensive medical treatments, from nose jobs to knee replacements; to get a job using someone else's good name and clean record; to open several credit cards and make thousands of dollars in purchases before their victims are aware; and even to file false tax returns, walking away with refunds that were greatly anticipated and needed by taxpayers.

As a Nevadan, you have several ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Obviously, the primary step is to be wise with any disclosure of your personal information. Don't carry your social security card or any document bearing it (e.g. Medicare cards) in your purse or wallet unless you are going to a specific location where it will be needed; most places only require you to give them the number rather than showing them your card. However, it is also important to realize that many requesters of your SSN may not actually need it, so find out why it's being asked for, how it will be used, and most importantly, how it will be safeguarded in their office or business. Beware of "phishing" emails; if you receive an email supposedly from your bank or credit card company alerting you of an issue, it is wise to go to their website directly rather than clicking on any links in the email or to call the customer service number given on the back of your card.

Identity Theft Protection services are also available in Nevada, and can give you added peace of mind knowing that their software is keeping an eye on your personal information 24-hours-a-day and alerting you to any suspicious activity before it can get out of hand.


Identity Thief Sentenced

When police searched a suspected identity thief's office last year in Reno, Nevada, they hit the investigative equivalent ... and aggravated identity theft; he was sentenced to four years in prison in ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:54:00 GMT

$364M Ponzi scheme funded 3 men's luxury lifestyles including jewelry, high-end cars and $25M on casino gambling, feds say

Kevin Merrill, 53, of Maryland; Jay Ledford, 54, of Texas and Nevada; and Cameron Jezierski ... including conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. Anyone who believes they may have ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:30:00 GMT

Towson Man Indicted In $364M Ponzi Scheme: U.S. Attorney

The other two charged in the case were from Texas and Nevada. Kevin B. Merrill, 53, of Towson, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering in connection ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:58:00 GMT

Las Vegas man indicted in $364M Ponzi scheme with 400 victims

Jay Ledford, 54; Kevin Merrill, 53, of Maryland; and Cameron Jezierski, 28, of Texas, were charged in a 14-count indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering ... renovat...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:55:00 GMT

U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme

Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada, 54, and Cameron Jezierski of Texas ... The indictment charged the three with conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:09:00 GMT

Towson millionaire faces charges in $364M Ponzi Scheme uncovered in Maryland

Ledford, age 54, of Westlake, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cameron R ... consecutive to any other sentence, for identity theft. The defendants also face possible fines of $250,000, or twice ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:28:00 GMT

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