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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.


Roseville rooftop arrest follows Auburn riding-mower theft, chase

Plus, a check on Bryan found that he was wanted on warrants in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and Nevada. Bryan is charged with auto ... driving while impaired, and identity theft, the Sheriff's ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:28:00 GMT

Police: 2 DeKalb residents stole more than $3K worth of goods

"We followed right behind them with a search warrant for charges that, at the time, we were calling identity theft," Sycamore police Sgt ... for conspiracy to commit a robbery in Clark County, Nevada, ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:27:00 GMT

AZ Leads Nation In Identity Theft

In the AARP Bulletin story, Arizona is listed as first followed by the District of Columbia, Nevada, California, and Texas. The FTC indicates that there were 148 identity theft complaints reported in ...

Published:  Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:54:00 GMT

Program educates seniors about fraud, identity theft.

In an effort to help area seniors not become victims of scams or identity theft, Home Instead Senior Care has launched a public information program to educate seniors and their families on how to prot...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:00:00 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

Protecting yourself from identity theft

... said they encourage anyone who has had a severe case of identity theft to reach out to the identity theft resource center. According to the study, Nevada came in as the riskiest state for identity ...

Published:  Sun, 29 Jul 2018 13:34:00 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

4 years prison for Reno man in $3.5 million ID theft scheme

Kenneth Gibson pleaded guilty in April to one count each of wire fraud, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing a false tax return. Federal prosecutors say he failed to report more than $1 mi...

Published:  Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:03:00 GMT

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