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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.


Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses ... the death of a man whose body was found beside a rural Central Texas road. A ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:32:00 GMT

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

Texas prison officials accused of destroying evidence in burn pit outside Eastham Unit

Eastham Unit farm shop property manager Jason Omelina was charged with theft and two higher-ranking officials based in Huntsville, Terry Price and Rick Ellis, were charged with tampering with evidence ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:31:00 GMT

Police ID Lubbock woman killed by train in Plainview

The intersection of 24th and Columbia has been blocked off as Plainview police and fire, the Texas Department ... at Madison Walmart Suspected ID thief arrested at Madison Walmart Madison police have ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:21:00 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

West Texas house fire leaves 2 dead, cause of blaze sought

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A West Texas house fire has left two people ... A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses. The Santa ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:36:00 GMT

UPDATE: Identity of Bodies Found in Shallow Grave Released

52 year-old Kimberly Younger of Texas, 35 year-old Rusty Fraiser of Texas, and 54 year-old Michael Fowler of Florida are all facing charges of abuse of a corpse, theft of property and tampering with p...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:49:00 GMT

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