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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.


FTC Shuts Down Purveyors of Fake Documents Used for Fraud, Identity Theft

Identity theft was the second biggest category of consumer complaints ... while the proposed order with Simmons was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division, and ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:00:00 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

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

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

County sheriff seeks repeal of state sanctuary law

like identity theft, that harm everyday Oregonians at the local level. Such crimes are well with in local police and sheriffs' purview. But Oregon's "hands off" sanctuary statute works to keep law enf...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 10:24:00 GMT

Seven Peaks culminates in $28m fund

Seven Peaks Ventures II also secured the backing of the state of Oregon, as well as additional ... which closed a $24m series A round earlier this week, identity theft protection company Trusona, espo...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 02:29:00 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

Thief River Falls Chiropractor Indicted on Multiple Counts of Wire Fraud, Identity Theft

A Thief River Falls man was charged on Wednesday for multiple counts of wire fraud and identity theft. An announcement from the United State Attorney's Office on Wednesday detailed a federal indictmen...

Published:  Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:42:00 GMT

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