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Identity Theft in Oklahoma

Oklahoma MapMore than 2,500 Oklahomans reported being victims of identity theft in a recent year, placing the state 23rd highest in the nation. Criminals use stolen identities to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores and online; to get employment despite previous criminal convictions, using someone else's good name and clean record; to obtain medical care, often for expensive surgeries and cosmetic procedures; and to file false tax returns, walking away with taxpayers' much-needed refunds. In these and many other ways, identity theft deeply impacts its victims, as the time and money required to restore a stolen identity can be significant.

For that reason, many people in Oklahoma are choosing to invest in Identity Theft Protection services, which keep a close watch over customers' personal information (e.g. names, birth dates, addresses, and social security numbers) and make sure than any attempts to use their identity fraudulently does not go unnoticed. These companies also help customers to quickly and easily take all of the necessary steps to repair any damage to their credit ratings if a breach should occur.

However, it is up to every Oklahoman to be responsible for securing their personal information. Many scammers hope to gain access to accounts that have passwords that are easily guessed from information that people inadvertently share on social media sites, like names of family members or important dates. Other criminals make phone calls posing as representatives of the IRS or a trusted business and claim to need the information of the person taking the call in order to fix a supposed problem with his or her account.

It is important to remember that most businesses, banks, credit card companies, and even state and federal agencies will rarely ask for such information over the phone. If Oklahoma residents want to find out if there is actually an issue with their accounts, they should contact the business or agency directly using customer service numbers provided on account statements or on the websites of the businesses themselves.

 

Professional hackers reveal why most companies don't stand a chance

Just last year, there were 1,579 data breaches in the U.S., a record, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center ... At first, the manager asks the right questions. "OK, what is your name again ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 19:59:00 GMT



Tulsa Police Trying To ID Women Suspected Of Theft

TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa police are asking for help identifying a group of thieves they believe stole nearly $10,000 worth of perfume last week alone. Detectives say these women have been stealing from ...

Published:  Mon, 29 Oct 2018 19:36:00 GMT



Beware of scams: The grandkids scam is among several that could be costly to seniors

In rare cases, an agent will contact you if you are part of an identity theft investigation you initiate - but they ... Mail to Tulsa World, Letters to the Editor, Box 1770, Tulsa, OK 74102. For more ...

Published:  Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:58:00 GMT



Cesar Sayoc, Mail Bombing Suspect, Found an Identity in Political Rage and Resentment

"He lacked an identity. He created a persona ... In 1995, he was charged with theft by swindle and possession of half a gram of crack cocaine in the Minneapolis area, according to a statement from pro...

Published:  Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:24:00 GMT



Yahoo Email Users Seek OK For $50M Data Breach Deal

Yahoo will establish a $50 million nonreversionary settlement fund for consumers and provide at least two years of credit monitoring by the three major credit bureaus and identity theft protection ser...

Published:  Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:06:00 GMT



Oklahoma Duo Arrested for $14 Million Cryptocurrency Theft

and identity theft, a Class C misdemeanor. If charged for both, the duo could receive up to 35 years of prison time, according to Oklahoma state laws. Court documents filed by Crowd Machine, a San Jos...

Published:  Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:15:00 GMT



2 men arrested in Oklahoma, suspected in $14 million cryptocurrency theft, hacking of California company

Childers and Harris were arrested on warrants out of Santa Clara County for grand theft, identity theft and computer intrusion, according to Oklahoma City police records. News 4's calls to the REACT d...

Published:  Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:56:00 GMT



Staying aware key to protecting yourself from online identity theft

"He says, 'Is this a check that you wrote Jerry signed it.' 'Have you guys bought a plane, because the check is made out to a title company in Oklahoma buying a plane,'" explained Abdelnour. A copy o...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:17:00 GMT



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