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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 man indicted in 2017 slaying of 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 reported W...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:06:00 GMT

Oregon man sentenced for fraudulently using benefits card

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man has been sentenced to three years of probation for illegally using the state benefits card of a man who died. KPTV-TV reports 53-year-old Michael Mahoney pleaded g...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:55:00 GMT

Man who stole dead friend's debit card, food benefits gets probation

A man who stole his dead friend's wallet and used his debit and Oregon Trail cards was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation. Michael Mahoney, 53, pleaded guilty to unlawfully using a food stamp ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:40:00 GMT

A 'Game of Thrones' thief and a dam hacker: These are the FBI's 41 most-wanted cyber criminals

Jeloudar is wanted for identity theft and fraud after he and his associate ... He theorized that the hackers may have confused it with the Bowman Dam in Oregon, which is 245 feet tall and 800 feet lon...

Published:  Sun, 22 Jul 2018 01:02:00 GMT

Corvallis Man Indicted in 2017 Death of Russian Woman

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - A Corvallis 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 rep...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:07:00 GMT

Former NBA player sentenced in Kansas City to federal prison for fraud, identity theft

Charging documents also state that Washington used "without lawful authority" the identity of a resident in Oregon so that Project Contact Africa could remain in active status within the state. Washin...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as "T.G." , was a resident of Oregon. Washington admitted that he used her identity information so that Project Contact Africa could maintain it...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

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