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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.

 

Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT



Lampasas police charged two men with multiple felonies involving ID and credit card theft

LAMPASAS, Texas - The Lampasas Police department said it arrested two men for multiple felony charges involving identity theft and possessing a credit card skimmer. The men had warrants for arrests on ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:30:00 GMT



Adams County serial squatter gets five years in prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft

William Schwab, 48, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit identity theft, according to the district attorney ... dates back to 2008 and includes similar acts in Colorado and Texas, prosecu...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:43:00 GMT



GALLEY: What's the risk of a medical data breach

Even more troubling, when hackers steal your health data they can use that information to commit identity theft, not just medical fraud ... of the Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas. He...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:05:00 GMT



Personal information for City of Amarillo employees could be compromised

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - If you're currently an employee of the city ... drive this past Friday and will be providing every affected person with one year of identity theft protection and credit monitorin...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:04:00 GMT



Voter ID plan must be free of politics

While there is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in this state - and in fact, little evidence of it even in small doses - in this era of identity theft and sophisticated ... In the 2016 election in T...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:00:00 GMT



Colorado Springs woman used ID of girl who died on moving sidewalk

A Colorado Springs woman is accused of stealing the identity of a child from Texas who died in a horrifying accident ... Lester faces charges of identity theft, a class-four felony, and criminal imper...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:28:00 GMT



Quick Hits for Nov. 14

HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Adam Smith ... The contract that provides credit monitoring and identity theft coverage for victims of the Office of Personnel Management ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:22:00 GMT



Texas man pleads guilty in theft of 650 guns in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A 27-year-old Texas man pleaded guilty to participating in the theft of 650 guns from a UPS trailer in Springfield. Quinton Haywood, of Glenn Heights, Texas, admitted to aiding and ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:36:00 GMT



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