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Identity Theft in Oregon

Oregon MapIdentity theft is a big business in the United States, with billions of dollars stolen from victims every year. Criminals use personal information like names, addresses, birthdates, and social security numbers to make purchases large and small, to open new lines of credit like payday loans or credit cards, to get medical care, and to use as aliases when caught by the police.

Also, the IRS recently stated that tax-related identity theft is on the rise, as thieves file false tax returns to get the refunds; these false returns are often undetected until taxpayers attempt to file their legitimate returns and learn that one was filed previously by someone else. It is recommended that anyone who suspects that they have been victims of this or any other form of identity theft file reports with both their local police departments as well as with the Federal Trade Commission.

Oregon residents report approximately 2,500 cases of identity theft in an average year. What can be done to prevent this crime from taking place?

First, Oregonians should protect their personal information offline. This can be done in many ways, such as shredding receipts, insurance forms, credit applications, and expired credit cards rather than throwing them in the trash or recycling bin; opting out of prescreened offers of insurance and credit by mail; keeping wallets and purses in a safe place at work; and keeping social security numbers (both on documents and the cards themselves) in a safe place at home instead of carrying them around.

Next, residents of Oregon should safeguard their information online, by avoiding "phishing" scams, keeping all passwords private, and not disclosing too much information on Facebook and other social media sites.

Finally, many Oregonians would benefit from the use of Identity Theft Protection services, which offer 24-hour monitoring of all personal information and a rapid response when any suspicious activity is detected.


Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, W...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wa...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Awards ID Experts® Identity Protection Services Contract

to continue the provision of identity theft protection services to those individuals whose personal information may have been compromised in the 2015 cybersecurity incidents. The new consolidated foll...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:00:00 GMT

Oregon ranks among lowest in new study for safest state for seniors

In 2017, the overall number of reported fraud cases was about 21,000 for Oregon with the top three report categories being imposter scams, identity theft and debt collection. In order to combat ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:25:00 GMT

Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Tax Fraud Scheme Exposed by Medford Resident

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft on August 27, 2018. The Court has ordered that 37 months of Pethley's Oregon sentenc...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:56:00 GMT

Alert neighbor helps Bend police quickly catch theft suspect

Cars parked on streets or in driveways get broken into frequently around Bend and Central Oregon. But thanks to an alert neighbor ... of fraudulent use of a credit card, first-degree theft, ID theft, ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:44:00 GMT

Oregon police officer accused of soliciting child porn, sexually abusing girl

Alexander Salterio, 33, told Oregon Department of Justice agents after his arrest ... first-degree sexual abuse and aggravated identity theft.

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:52:00 GMT

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