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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.


Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tenne...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pen...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:38:00 GMT

Two suspects linked to vehicle break-ins, stolen checks in Grass Valley, Nevada City

According to Nevada City Police Det. Luke Holdcroft ... Smith was arrested on suspicion of second degree burglary, forgery and identity theft, and remains in custody in Wayne Brown Correctional Facili...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:21:00 GMT

Identity protection PIN program expands

and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft. The pilot program originally involved Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia. IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:57:00 GMT

Nevada mother said 3-year-old vanished at swap meet, now cops call it a "˜diversion'

Amy Fleming, 60, was arrested in Florida on Jan. 29 and is being extradited to Nevada to face a charge ... KTNV describes an "attempt at identity theft from overseas." Officers also reference ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:10:00 GMT

Mom charged with murder in boy's 1986 disappearance in North Las Vegas - VIDEO

North Las Vegas police learned that somebody had attempted to apply for a birth certificate under Francillon's name in what Ojeda called attempted identity theft. Detectives spent ... and is on her wa...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:52:00 GMT

Wendover casino robbery victim frustrated with 'slap on the wrist' punishment for suspect

After calling it a night, she and her husband gathered their cash winnings and set out for their car in the parking lot of the Montego Bay Casino on the Nevada ... felony, theft, also a second ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:03:00 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

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

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