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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.

 

Woman wanted for identity theft taken into custody in Colorado

Officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department received information about a woman who used another person's identity to purchase a vehicle recently. After reviewing surveillance photos ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:18:00 GMT



Bitcoin hacker sentenced to 10 years in first-ever conviction for "SIM swap' scheme

(Santa Clara Co. District Attorney's Office) Joel Ortiz, 21, was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest in January to eight counts of identity theft and computer crimes ... Harris was arrested by ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:42:00 GMT



Severe storms could produce baseball-sized hail, tornadoes, torrential rain

Watch out for some very big hail in Texas/ OK Wednesday. South Dixie Alley tornado threat ... their musical partnership became a sensation Identity theft has never been this cheap - you can buy ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:36:00 GMT



My Old Velcro Wallet Is Shabby, but Storied

However, I do believe falling prey to identity theft would suck. This story was submitted by a Fatherly ... wallet and my insouciance about its contents. I wonder whether it is OK to speak giddily to ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:11:00 GMT



Prevent Identity Theft At Free 'Shred To Protect' Event Saturday

TULSA, Oklahoma - The Crime Prevention Network is hosting a free ... "You've given someone a road map on how to violate you in a crime that is very preventable when it comes to identity theft." You ...

Published:  Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:59:00 GMT



Four people charged after stolen property, aggressive bobcat found at RV park

OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla ... possession of a taken credit card and four counts of identity theft. Michael Aumann was charged with unlawful cultivation of a controlled dangerous substance.

Published:  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:58:00 GMT



Serial White-Collar Criminal Captured In Colorado

Miller's crimes are numerous, but she's repeatedly served time for forgery and identity theft. "She had two Oklahoma County felony warrants for white-collar related offenses and she has multiple ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:09:00 GMT



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