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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.


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

Tampa man sentenced for identity theft by using a gas pump skimmer to steal credit cards

He was found guilty of conspiracy, credit card fraud, and identity theft. A federal jury found him and his twin ... but were later re-arrested in Texas, near the Mexican border.

Published:  Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:39:00 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

Tri-City swindler admits to using dead baby's identity to apply for a passport

A serial swindler who stole millions of dollars from investors in his Pasco company pleaded guilty Thursday to new crimes of aggravated identity theft and making a false ... birth certificate from El ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:24:00 GMT

A lawmaker (Democrat) accuses Ted Cruz (Republican) of breaking the law: 'I know because I passed this law.'

This is violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA ... ("We need money to bail your grandson out of jail"), he decided to hold a couple of identity theft forums for seniors in Southlak...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:30:00 GMT

Oxford Police offer ways to protect your personal identity following recent arrests

that lived out in Texas," Sessums said. "This guy was getting information, setting up accounts with an address. I guess he slipped up and just ordered food one night." Scenarios of identity theft are ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:55:00 GMT

Former Ranch Employee Accused of Digital Cattle Rustling in Texas

A former ranch employee in Texas has been accused by federal authorities of allegedly ... a grand jury indicted Stewart Kile Williams on four counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity ...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 06:52:00 GMT

Illegal Patch Allows Easier Access to India's Aadhaar Biometric Database

As you can imagine, this opens the door wide open for identity theft and fraud. According to security analyst ... at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The government authority rejected the evidence b...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:43:00 GMT

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