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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.


Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses ... of the system that powers one eastern New Mexico city. The Oklahoma medical e...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:32:00 GMT

Bank teller accused of embezzling $25K from customers

The extensive criminal complaint lists 25 separate felony counts of identity theft to get cash against Mark Konrath ... A 20-year-old Merrill man was killed in a vehicle crash in Oklahoma Wednesday mo...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:13:00 GMT

Demi Moore Victim of ID Theft: $160,000 in Fraudulent AmEx Charges

OK, so we don't know Moore's habits ... Read is being held in a Los Angeles county jail and has reportedly confessed to the theft and fraud. He was caught on camera at the FedEx and the retail stores, ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:52:00 GMT

She was in reality TV's "˜Bad Girls Club.' Now she's charged with stealing a dead man's identity.

Clermont was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, a statement from ... 5:15 xo," Clermont allegedly r...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:00:00 GMT

"˜Bad Girls Club' star arrested for debit card theft

Clermont, 24, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. She faces decades ... "Let's do $400," she added. "OK. ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:58:00 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 mo...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:22:00 GMT

Suspect in officer's killing dies in police shootout; another officer hurt but "˜should be OK'

Update 5:24 p.m. The Hawaii island officer injured in today's shootout with the now-deceased fugitive Justin Waiki is in stable condition and "should be OK," according to ... Lutu did not know the ide...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:05:00 GMT

Police Seek To ID Online Dating Theft Suspect

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper spun out a suspect in an SUV, ending a chase that ran through parts of Tulsa Friday afternoon. Okmulgee Police Looking For Two Women Suspected In Walmart Theft Okmul...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:25:00 GMT

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