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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

Woman sentenced to prison for identity theft scheme

Wilber said these recent charges of forgery and grand theft stemmed from a two-year investigation ... It's a crime Somoza said Lupuleasa has been committing since at least 2006, including in Oregon, w...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:35:00 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

Morrow County vehicle theft suspect arrested

identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and criminal possession of a forgery device. His bail is set at $70,000. Oregon State Police and Boardman Police assisted in the investigation.

Published:  Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:42:00 GMT

Merkley, Wyden list key Oregon items in spending bill

Protecting Oregon Taxpayers: Merkley secured language in the bill that expresses the Senate Appropriations Committee's deep concern for the scale of tax fraud connected to identity theft, and directs ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:07:00 GMT

2018 Was a Tough Year for Social Media, But 2019 Will Be Even More Intense

We believe identity theft will reach a new all-time high ... Kelly is president and CEO of ID Experts, a Portland, Oregon-based provider of data breach and identity protection services, such ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:44:00 GMT

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