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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.


Ore. unclaimed money search site may be compromised

The letters are from the Oregon Department of State Lands ... cybersecurity analysis did not determine any personal information was taken, free identity theft protection services are being offered to ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:04:00 GMT

Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

Delaware, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Oregon joined Nevada to make up the five most fraudulent states. Hawaii is the fourth-safest state in the nation for identity theft and second-safest for ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:24:00 GMT

Test of old sexual assault kit led to sentencing of felon for 2012 rape of 14-year-old girl

He has an extensive criminal record, including 13 felony and six misdemeanor convictions in California and Oregon . He's been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of methamphetamine, i...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:27:00 GMT

ID Experts® Releases New Features to Better Protect its Members from Financial Identity Theft and Fraud

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Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:04:00 GMT

Chamber offers free anti-scam session

A presentation, "Six Signs It's a Scam -- Identity Theft Protection," will be held 10 a.m. Thursday ... be presented by Kevin Jeffries who is consumer liaison with the Oregon Department of Consumer an...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:10:00 GMT

Another Look at Virtual Integrity

They think they are chatting with the interesting nineteen-year-old hunk from Oregon in the picture ... to see unnerving trends in cyberspace that went well beyond stopping identity theft, data breach...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 04:06:00 GMT

Personal info at risk on Oregon unclaimed property website

The Oregon Department of State Lands sent an alert to 166,000 ... As a precaution, the department is offering free identity theft protection services. The warning letter was only sent to those people ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:21:00 GMT

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