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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.


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

Sharing your credit card information online can always be a gamble, a lesson Nevada seems to have learned in spades. With an impressive 39% of identity theft complaints categorized as credit card frau...

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

Tucson man sentenced to 94 months in prison for bank fraud, identity theft

In 2015, Sheafe was sentenced to two to five years in an unrelated case to state prison in Nevada for burglary, identity theft and possession of stolen property, online records show.

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT

People in this state are at the highest risk for identity theft

Residents of Nevada should think twice before they jump on an unsecured Wi-Fi network to do their online shopping. That's because the Silver State ranks number one in the country with the most identit...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:21:00 GMT

Kansas ranks as one the least vulnerable states to ID theft and fraud

(WIBW) The Sunflower State is ranked as one of the safest against identity theft and fraud ... Hawaii, South Dakota and Vermont ranked as the best states against ID theft. Nevada, Florida and New Jers...

Published:  Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:22:00 GMT

2 Bay Area Women Arrested For 30 Identity Thefts In California, Nevada

Hayes also was booked on an outstanding felony warrant for identity theft in Nevada, Whitehouse said. The women used a highly sophisticated method to complete the fraud transactions and at one point t...

Published:  Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Identity Theft In Nevada Among Highest In America: Report

NEVADA - Residents in Nevada fall victim to identity theft more often than most of the country, and habitual procrastinators who wait to file their taxes are particularly at risk, according to a new r...

Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:55:00 GMT

Report: Nevada is top state for identity theft

Nevada is the top state for people to become the victims of identity theft, according to a report released this week. Using FBI and Federal Trade Commission data from 2017, personal security website A...

Published:  Thu, 02 Aug 2018 02:03:00 GMT

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