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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.

 

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

Identity theft has become a common crime across the country ... As a teenager, Martin was put on probation in Oklahoma for a 1977 burglary. A few years later, he was put on probation again in Oklahoma, this time for robbery. He went to prison in Arkansas ...

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



Oklahoma man given 87 months in identity theft

An Oklahoma man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 87 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $278,000 in restitution for using someone else's identity to collect Social Security disability payments for 14 years. This story is only available ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 21:21:00 GMT



Identity theft in a marriage

Sometimes he signed her name after calling her up and explaining what was happening, and she was OK with the situation ... If you do, it's called identity theft. It's a crime anytime you lie to get money. Basically, you should ask yourself this ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 08:15:00 GMT



The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet ... Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas-making it the most popular item on the map. Peep the full map above ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT



Police seek tips to ID transgender woman found dead in creek

The Latest on an Oklahoma woman accused of stabbing one child and fleeing ... driven into the state by drought conditions in surrounding states. Police seek tips to ID transgender woman found dead in creek Police are asking for the public's help in ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 16:19:00 GMT



Rachel Dolezal hit with felony theft charge in welfare fraud case

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader who resigned after her parents revealed she's not African-American, is facing a felony theft charge ... at the time. "OK, I was born to white parents, but maybe I had an authentic black identity."

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 17:45:00 GMT



Broncos' De'Angelo Henderson OK after Jeep hit by stolen vehicle

The driver of the stolen vehicle was arrested on potential charges for vehicular assault, eluding the police and auto theft, as well as driving under the influence and several traffic violations. Henderson saw limited duty in his rookie season with seven ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 17:47:00 GMT



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