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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.


Using a stolen ID, felon hid from the law for 26 years before being found in rural Oklahoma last year

After jumping parole in Arkansas, the felon stole a wallet from a Marine at a casino in Reno, Nevada, in 1990 ... in Arkansas to seven years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds. He pleaded guilty to those offenses ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 21:44:00 GMT

A Jewel Heist at Harvard

His fabricated identity was similar to the one he would claim at Princeton-a self-educated orphan from Nevada-but this time ... He was charged with theft by deception and forgery. After he pleaded guilty to theft by deception, he was sentenced to ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 10:12:00 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:  Sat, 19 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Douglas investigators ask for public's help identifying cosmetic supply store theft suspect

Your identity is not needed and you will ... in identifying a person of interest in a shoplifting theft that happened Monday, May 7 at Ulta Beauty located south of Carson City on Topsy Lane. Western Nevada College recognized 41 associate degree nursing ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 18:19:00 GMT

EMT reported credit card fraud after Las Vegas shooting

In a statement released Wednesday by Las Vegas police, an emergency medical technician who was working the night of the festival detailed how he became the victim of credit card fraud and attempted identity theft. Names have been redacted from all witness ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 23:59:00 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

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 Arizona per 100,000 people last year. The District of ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 20:09:00 GMT

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