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Identity Theft in Texas

Texas MapTexas residents are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. With nearly 29,000 cases of this type of crime reported in a recent 12-month period, Texas ranks third highest in the nation at a rate of 116.4 instances for every 100,000 people in the state population.

Criminals target personal information such as names, social security numbers, and birthdates in a number of ways. First, many scammers try to make calls impersonating trusted businesses such as banks or credit cards to get the person answering to disclose account numbers and passwords. Recently, it has been widely reported in the news that callers are posing as representatives of the IRS and claiming that further information is needed immediately to keep the taxpayer out of trouble. This impersonation also happens online, as "phishing" emails try to get recipients to download files in the hopes of "fixing" a problem with a bank account or credit card. By these and an increasing number of other methods, criminals try to access Texans' private data to use for their own benefit.

Once they have this information, they can use it to get mortgages or other lines of credit, rent apartments, obtain employment using someone else's clean record, file a false tax return and walk away with taxpayer refunds, or pay for expensive medical treatments like cosmetic surgery using stolen insurance cards.

Fortunately, Texans can access Identity Theft Protection services; for a low fee, such companies monitor personal information around the clock and alert customers immediately when there is any suspicious activity using their name, address, or other identifying information. Because many cases of identity theft are only discovered after the problem is large, often after weeks and months of fraudulent activity, these services can give residents of Texas greater peace of mind knowing that any identity theft will be detected and handled quickly and efficiently.


Two suspects arrested, one on the run after deputies bust identity theft ring

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Three men have been charged with swiping peoples identities in hopes of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Two of the men, Epheson Fikru and Kevin Washington, have been ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:23:00 GMT

Bank Restores Stolen Funds to Oldest Living US Veteran After Identity Theft

112-year-old Richard Overton is not only thought to be the oldest man living in America, he is also the oldest living veteran - and his family was heartbroken to discover that he was recently the vict...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:38:00 GMT

Williamson County officials seeking public's help in identifying vehicle theft suspects

No one will ever learn your identity. 1-800-253-7867 or visit - Williamson County Sheriff (WilCo) Texas (@SheriffChody) July 17, 2018 A resident's su...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:25:00 GMT

Terry Cook: Be prepared and hang up on senior fraud calls

To file a complaint or an application to be officially declared a victim of identity theft, please visit or call 512-943-1111. Representatives from Texas Adult Protective Services ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:36:00 GMT

Oldest American Richard Overton, victim of identity theft, gets funds back from Bank of America

TEXAS - Bank of America has credited the account of a Texas resident who is believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. after his family reported that thieves had stolen his identity and drained the acc...

Published:  Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:23:00 GMT

ID thief steals savings of America's oldest living war veteran

The 112-year-old Austin, Texas man recently received word from his bank that his ... That campaign has raised nearly $450,000 and saw a spike in donations after news of the ID theft broke. Overton fou...

Published:  Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:36:00 GMT

21 Houston defendants to be sentenced in multi-million dollar call center scheme

A Houston grand jury handed down the first indictments on Oct. 19, 2016, charging defendants with conspiracy to commit identity theft, false personation of an officer of the United States, wire fraud ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:08:00 GMT

Facebook and the bad hombres of Texas, Queensland

Take for instance, Texas, Queensland. Situated on the southern reaches of ... In order to protect innocent victims of identity theft, we have pixelated the faces of people featured in the examples of ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:55:00 GMT

Amarillo Police Looking for Identity Theft Suspect

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AMARILLO, Texas - Amarillo Crime Stoppers needs help with this week's "Crime of the week" . This man has set up several lines ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 05:53:00 GMT

Woman charged in L.A. with hacking email of pop star Selena Gomez

The charges include five counts of identity theft, five counts of accessing computer data to ... The pop star, of Grand Prairie, Texas, first rose to fame starring as Alex Russo on the teen comedy Wiz...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:09:00 GMT

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