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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.

 

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:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:24:00 GMT



Former white supremacist wanted to escape skinhead group, says Oklahoma police chief who hired him

After Bart Alsbrook's name was linked to two websites that sell media and memorabilia aimed at skinheads, he claimed identity theft after skinheads stole his wallet at a concert in the 1990s. Tulsa Wo...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:30:00 GMT



The Importance of Protecting the Last Four Digits of Your Social Security Number

Why might companies think that it's ok to only reference the last four digits of a social security number Probably because there's a false sense of security in thinking that with only those last four ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:21:00 GMT



Charges dropped against woman accused of draining mother's bank account

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Forgery, identity theft and embezzlement charges have been dismissed ... because "a good deal of the restitution was paid and the elderly victim broke her hip in Oklahoma, making t...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:58:00 GMT



Oklahoma police chief admits he hired applicant with known white-supremacist ties

An Oklahoma police chief, who knew of an applicant's links ... Alsbrook claimed skinheads stole his wallet during a concert in the 1990s and perpetrated identity theft. "In the two years that I have k...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:40:00 GMT



Bizarre Story Alleges Keith Hernandez-Julia Salazar Affair, Identity Theft, and Fraud

OK. Still with me Because this one gets pretty ... who had convictions for fraud and theft, and that Kai Hernandez had also filed several "suspicious" insurance claims for fraud and burglary ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:32:00 GMT



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