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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.


This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Amy Wang, identity theft victim But the first sign of problems didn't pop ... Sean McCleskey, Director of organizational education and measurement at University of Texas at Austin's Center for Identity Consumers need to push back on businesses to store ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT

FOX10 Shred Event: Helping protect you from identity theft

On Saturday, you'll have another chance to shred important documents to help protect your identity. Our second "Shred Event" of ... A heartwarming photo of a Texas teen shading a woman with an umbrella is going viral. A heartwarming photo of a Texas ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Tyler Crime Stoppers seeking public's help in finding identity theft suspect

Tyler Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in finding an identity theft suspect who allegedly went to Lowe ... as a representative of the Titus County Sheriff's Office. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 15:02:00 GMT

House panel looks at ditching the SSN

and their use exposes citizens to risks of identity theft. "We need to break the link between identification and authentication," said chairman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) at a May 17 House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing. "We need to figure out how to make ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 12:42:00 GMT owners arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Two alleged owners of, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, were arrested in south Florida for charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft, according to a ... appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:47:00 GMT

Police: Abilene duo found with nearly 200 pieces of identity

Benjamin Hernandez (18) and Anthony Narvaez (28) / Taylor County Jail booking photos ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC ... but police have since added that more than 100 pieces of identity theft items were also found. Benjamin Hernandez, 18, and Anthony Narvaez ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 08:30:00 GMT

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