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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.


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Stupka is one of countless Oklahomans who have fallen victim to the white-collar crime, Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Gary Knight said. It's ironic, he said, that identity theft happens so ...

Published:  Wed, 09 Jan 2019 06:27:00 GMT

Defendant in ID theft has history of similar behavior, records show

has been charged with identity theft for taking and using Discover Card information belonging to a Moore woman, who has asked to not be named in the story as the case is pending. The woman said she ha...

Published:  Sat, 05 Jan 2019 06:00:00 GMT

For 63 years, he was Mark Chacon; thanks to a mix-up, he's now John Doe

"You know your husbands up for identity theft and I said, 'what ... The little girl was so badly injured she had to be flown to Oklahoma City.

Published:  Sat, 12 Jan 2019 14:32:00 GMT helps people budget, but could pose identity theft risks: Money Matters

The person didn't say it was OK for me to tell people I trust ... Off to the side, a former very savvy colleague of mine swears his case of identity theft occurred a few years ago almost immediately a...

Published:  Sun, 06 Jan 2019 02:04:00 GMT

Baker urged to OK credit protections

He has 10 days from Dec. 31 to approve or veto the bill, but he cannot make any changes. "Identity theft is a growing problem and this proposal includes tools that will allow consumers to better prote...

Published:  Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:50:00 GMT

City Council to mull ID theft ordinance merits

"Many, many people go through the pain of ID theft, and it is painful ... the judge will slap the wrists of the perpetrator and say, "˜OK, suspended sentence, and pay your fines.' ""¦ I believe we shoul...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:23:00 GMT

Three arrested in New Rochelle accused in $3M stolen credit card ring

The alleged leader, Hamilton Eromosele, was charged in federal court in White Plains with aggravated identity theft and conspiracy ... Indiana; Omaha; Oklahoma City; Nebraska; Allentown ...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:04:00 GMT

Stealing the Towb, Palestine's Cultural Identity

HuffPost is OK for quick news updates, and ... the Thowb is to Palestine and Palestinians a sacred archetypal cultural symbol of Palestinian identity. Author Susan Muaddi Darraj states the following: ...

Published:  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:52:00 GMT

The shutdown and identity theft

WASHINGTON - I'm betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortu...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:45:00 GMT

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