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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.


Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday: Credit reports and ID theft

PORTLAND, Ore. - Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, using your credit report to build a digital defense against ID theft. Last week, we talked about the toll that ID theft can take on your personal finances. A criminal ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 10:07:00 GMT

Ducks dismiss LB Fotu Leiato following second arrest

The Oregon Ducks have dismissed Fotu Leiato from the team after the senior linebacker was arrested for a second time since January. Leiato was arrested in late April on charges of theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. He also was charged in ...

Published:  Fri, 25 May 2018 04:42:00 GMT

Senators Demand FCC Answer for Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen

two US senators called on the FCC to investigate the identity theft and fraud in public comments collected by the agency during its proposal to rollback net neutrality protections last year. Senators Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, and Pat Toomey ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Spokane attorney charged with forging judge's signatures

Hogan St. Moreno later ruled in favor of SAS Oregon and dismissed the Spencers' lawsuit ... alleging that an employee of the attorneys who won the case had committed identity theft by convincing the Spencers' bank to withdraw $150 and $549.83 from ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 07:31:00 GMT

Deputies ID man killed, woman hurt in Benton Co. shooting

The county sheriff's office says Wesley Joe Newell, 69, was killed in the 2500 block of Tum Tum Road in Blodgett, Oregon, just after 9:00 ... charges of attempted assault in the first-degree and theft in the second-degree.

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 17:03:00 GMT

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