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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.


Police say houses of dead people stolen, resold in Florida scam

Officials said those arrested face more than 600 felony charges, including identity theft and grand theft ... 215 Beltway when it left the highway and crashed near Losee Road. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said weather might have played a role in ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Woodstock man pleads guilty to forgery, identity theft charges

WOODSTOCK -- A local man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple forgery and identity theft charges after he cashed several stolen checks in August 2016. WOODSTOCK - A local man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple forgery and identity theft charges ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Reno man guilty in $3.5 million ID theft scheme

Kenneth Gibson pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Reno to one count each of wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing a false tax return. Federal prosecutors say he admitted failing to report more than $1 million in taxable ...

Published:  Sat, 28 Apr 2018 01:18:00 GMT

Reno Man Created 8,000 Fake Online Accounts via Stolen Identities

One man from Reno, Nevada has pleaded guilty in federal court for creating ... and one count of aggravated identity theft. Sentencing is set for July 30, 2018. Read more details here. Join Dark Reading LIVE for two cybersecurity summits at Interop ITX.

Published:  Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:05:00 GMT

Walker County blogger wanted for theft nabbed hiding in southwest Alabama bedroom

and Nevada. Hammond currently has outstanding warrants with Escambia County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Appear as well as warrants with Baldwin County Sheriff's Office for Resisting Arrest. Underwood said Hammond was convicted in 2004 of felony theft ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 15:30:00 GMT

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