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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.


Former NBA player sentenced in Missouri to 6 years in federal prison for charity fraud scheme, filing false tax returns

Kermit Alan Washington, 66, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg ... to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. Washington is amo...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:08:00 GMT

Carnochan still facing 13 felony charges

Carnochan was arrested April 13, 2016, after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 after an investigation into a series of identity theft. Officers later searched ... He previously lived in Oregon and Nevad...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:05:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

SC Any elements that when not combined with a name would be sufficient to permit a person to commit identity theft OR (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, D.C., DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, ...

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

Providers from 35 states charged in healthcare fraud crackdown: Here's the breakdown

Nevada: Four defendants, including three medical professionals ... New York: Thirteen charged for involvement in schemes including kickbacks, services not rendered, identity theft and money laundering ...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:52:00 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 Wedn...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Theft Through Paperwork: SOS Filings and Business Fraud

The statement added that office has no statutory authority to "verify the validity of information contained in the filings or the identity ... to ensure that Nevada remains business-friendly we also m...

Published:  Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:14:00 GMT

Protect yourself from identity theft

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the average fraud loss in the state of Nevada is 500 dollars. 39% of all identity theft crimes are linked to credit card fraud, followed by employment or tax ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:44:00 GMT

Local Law Enforcement Trains to Combat Identity Theft

Northern Nevada law enforcement are learning first-hand how to recognize and stop identity theft from occurring in the Silver State. The officers are taught by LifeLock and the FBI Law Enforcement Exe...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:36:00 GMT

Tax scams are on the rise - here's which states are most and least at risk for identity theft

Both identity theft and credit card fraud have a national average cost between $2,500 and $3,000. Nevada is the worst state for these financial crimes, while residents of Iowa are least likely to expe...

Published:  Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:53:00 GMT

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