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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.

 

Springfield police arrest man accused of forgery, identity theft

identity theft and other crimes Thursday after serving a search warrant. Police said when detectives arrived to the residence on 8th Street, they found Mark Anthony Christian, 40, of Springfield in th...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:42:00 GMT



Coeur d'Alene woman's quick thinking saves her from identity theft

Tekancic works as a banker and her quick thinking saved her from being another victim of identity theft. But, another wrinkle emerges ... South Carolina - three areas hit hardest by the hurricane. Ore...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:10:16 GMT



Need a phony tax form or bank statement Too bad. Judge nixes fake docs on man's site

An Oregon man ran out of excuses Tuesday when a judge shuttered his website where he sold fake documents to help people commit fraud and identity theft. Less than a day later, noveltyexcuses.com was u...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:23:00 GMT



Nike, Columbia Sportswear CEOs make personal statements opposing sanctuary law repeal

"Ending Oregon's sanctuary law will damage Oregon's long-standing ... routinely commit to seek to conceal their illegal presence - crimes, like identity theft, that harm everyday Oregonians at the loc...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:42:00 GMT



Man charged in killing of Tucson girls has long, cross-country criminal record

His crimes run the gamut and include sex offenses, assault, identity theft and burglary ... with and later convicted of felony theft in Multnomah, Oregon, receiving a sentence of two years ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:30:00 GMT



Effort to repeal a pro-immigrant state law is making corporations in Oregon uneasy; Nike, Columbia executives make personal statements

"Ending Oregon's sanctuary law will damage Oregon's long-standing ... routinely commit to seek to conceal their illegal presence - crimes, like identity theft, that harm everyday Oregonians at the loc...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 02:18:00 GMT



Former ICE chief lawyer in Seattle gets 4 years for ID theft

He had overseen deportation proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington since 2011 as the ... As part of a deal in which Sanchez pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, pro...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:36:00 GMT



Corvallis man indicted in 2017 death of Russian woman

CORVALLIS, Ore. - An Oregon man jailed since April 2017 in connection with the slaying of a Russian woman has been indicted on charges of murder, identity theft and theft. The Gazette-Times reports Wi...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:37:00 GMT



Former ICE chief lawyer in Seattle gets 4 years for ID theft

He had overseen immigration proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington as the agency's top lawyer in the region. Under a plea agreement in which Sanchez pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggra...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jun 2018 08:38:00 GMT



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