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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.


Adams County serial squatter sentenced to six years prison for felony identity theft

She is being held without bond pending extradition to Texas involving a similar case. Her husband, William Eric Schwab, 48, also pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit identity the...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:27:00 GMT

Protect your child from identity theft

In an effort to reduce the occurrences of child identity theft, 19 states including Texas, now require the credit reporting agencies to allow a parent or guardian to freeze the credit files of ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT

Serial squatter gets 6 years in prison for identity theft

and prosecutors say she's committed several similar offenses dating back to 1996 in Colorado and Texas. Her husband, 48-year-old William Schwab, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit identity ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:47:00 GMT

Maryland, Texas Men Accused Of $364M Ponzi

Ledford, age 54, of Westlake, Texas and Las Vegas ... consecutive to any other sentence, for identity theft. The defendants also face possible fines of $250,000, or twice the gross gain, for ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:00 GMT

North Texas men charged in $364M scheme that paid for splurges on diamonds, Bugattis and mansions

Several local bank accounts - including at Texas Capital Bank in Dallas ... Ledford, Jezierski and Merrill face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. If convicted, th...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:41:00 GMT

Austin Looks to Blockchain-Powered ID Management

The city of Austin, Texas, believes there is a better way ... This practice emerges out of good intentions-practical concerns like the prevention of identity theft and the verification of medical reco...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:13:00 GMT

Children Vulnerable to Identity Theft

In an effort to reduce the occurrences of child identity theft, 19 states including Texas, now require the credit reporting agencies to allow a parent or guardian to freeze the credit files of their m...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:36:00 GMT

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