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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.


FBI Oregon Tech Tuesday: Digital defense against ID theft

PORTLAND, Ore. - Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against ID theft. Fraudsters have been trying to steal your identity and personally identifiable information - or PII - for many years.

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:32:00 GMT

Police ID man who crashed at Oregon City gas station, died after running onto Hwy 213

Police have identified the man who crashed at an Oregon City gas station and then died after he ... Police responded to Shari's restaurant regarding a theft suspect who was being held down by citizens around 2:20 p.m. FOX 12 spoke with the customer ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 14:55:00 GMT

New Medicare Cards are coming:

Each person's new card will have a unique Medicare number, instead of a Social Security number, to prevent fraud and identity ... here in Oregon or in other states. The cards are being sent on a variety of dates to prevent mail theft.

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 08:20:00 GMT

Hermiston woman faces 174 counts of theft, fraud

The Oregon Department of Corrections caught on to her scheme ... The Umatilla County District Attorney's Office charged Dugan with dozens of counts each for theft, identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and unlawful credit card payments ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 20:46:00 GMT

Salem Man Sentenced for Falsely Renting Home, Stealing Tires

(AP) - An Oregon man who tried to rent out a home he does not own ... the home to a couple after posting a fraudulent ad online. A jury convicted him of identity theft in that case, and Grimes subsequently pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 10:34:00 GMT

The Oregon Clinic notifies patients after data breach

"You also should promptly report any fraudulent activity or any suspected incident of identity theft to proper law enforcement authorities, your state attorney general and/or the Federal Trade Commission." Scot Gudger, CEO at The Oregon ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 15:09:00 GMT

Ashland police reports, May 4-8

Friday, 1:16 p.m. - Police recovered a stolen vehicle on Oregon Street near Leonard Street ... Monday, 4:29 p.m. - Police took a report of identity theft, forgery and theft in the 400 block of North Main Street. Monday, 4:44 p.m. - Police took ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 18:32:00 GMT

Sheriff's office ID's deputy who shot man outside SE Portland Burger King

Manta faces charges of attempted aggravated murder and identity theft. The sheriff's office says deputies ... until the investigation and grand jury are complete. A University of Oregon student was found dead at a campground in northern California.

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 15:01:00 GMT

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