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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.


2 arrested for drug charges, felony identity theft

... theft 51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged with felony identity theft ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Police in Abilene arrested two people accused o...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:47:00 GMT

Identity Theft Suspect Caught With Stolen Mail, W-2s And Drugs In Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A serial identity theft suspect is off the streets. On January 30 around 1:00 p.m., Arlington Police detectives spotted a suspicious vehicle the U.S. Postal ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:19:00 GMT

BBB: Identity theft awareness a must during tax season

In tax identity theft, someone typically uses your social security number to get a job or a tax refund. In 2017 the IRS reported more than 56,000 IRS imposters and more than 400 tax related scams in T...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 06:45:00 GMT

Identity thief with 'treasure trove' of stolen mail caught dumpster-diving in Arlington, police say

An identity theft suspect was arrested last month rifling through a trash ... up a treasure trove of stolen mail - Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) February 12, 2019 A se...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:10:00 GMT

Catch Credit Card Fraud: How Email Alerts Saved Me (Twice)

Identity theft is no joke. Millions of Americans are affected by it ... They were then able to go to an ATM in Texas (I live on the East Coast) and take a cash advance for $200. I'm assuming they used ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:27:00 GMT

Kilgore police: Individual involved in theft investigation identified

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - A man Kilgore police are searching for in connection to a theft investigation has been identified ... thanked the community for their aid in identifying him. The identity of the m...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:26:00 GMT

January Data Breaches Expose 370,000 Personal Records

More than 370,000 sensitive personal records were exposed in data breaches during the month of January according to the latest monthly report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:55:00 GMT

FHP: Traffic stop leads to more than 100 felony identity theft charges

Derron Skinner, 27, and Erik Castaneda, 37, both of the Houston,Texas area, were arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on 133 felony charges related to identity theft. Troopers said the inv...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:42:00 GMT

Texas Businesses Must Implement and Maintain Reasonable Cybersecurity Safeguards According to State Attorney General

The law referenced is the Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act which specifically states, "[a] business shall implement and maintain reasonable procedures, including taking any appropri...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:10:00 GMT

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