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Identity Theft in Utah

Utah MapAny $50 billion industry would be considered a successful business. Unfortunately, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In a typical year, more than 1,700 Utahans report being victims of this type of crime.

Identity theft prevention experts recommend that Utah residents take measures to protect themselves from having their identity stolen. First, don't carry any documents bearing your SSN - including the card itself - with you regularly. Second, give out your social security number only if absolutely necessary, not just because a service provider asks you to for it. Next, check your credit report each year to be sure that there aren't any open lines of credit that you do not recognize. Finally, don't give out any information over the phone unless you made the call or you are absolutely certain of the identity of the caller; a recently-reported scam involves callers acting as representatives of the IRS but who actually are trying to steal personal information from the person who answers the call.

There are numerous means by which Utah data thieves can get your sensitive information. They go through trash looking for bills and bank statements that you didn't shred before throwing out; they make use of "skimmers" or sneaky cashiers to get credit card numbers at the register; they can "phish" data from your email and steal it while pretending to be trusted businesses. It seems like new and "improved" ways to steal your personal information are reported every.

While nobody can promise that your personal information will never be taken in Utah, Identity Theft Protection services are available to make sure that identity thieves can't do any long-term damage to you, especially with respect to your credit rating. With 24-hour monitoring of your name, address, social security number, and other details, you can rest easier knowing that any attempts to use your identity fraudulently will be detected quickly and resolved appropriately.


These States Are The Best And Worst At Cybersecurity

Utah (2.44), Rhode Island (2.30), Minnesota (1.90), and Nebraska (1.14). Other survey statistics highlight the indifference to security. While data from Javelin Strategy and Research shows that identi...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:17:00 GMT

Protect yourself from becoming a victim of mail theft

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) - After Salt Lake City Police released ... City Police Department says the number one thing thieves are after is someone else's identity. "More often than we should we ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:39:00 GMT

Hatch, Wyden introduce IRS administration bill

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore ... and supporting prevention of identity theft and tax refund fraud. "Ensuring the IRS has greater flexibili...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:44:00 GMT

The changing face of cargo theft: interview with Scott Cornell

There was a time when we primarily saw two tactics-identity theft and fictitious pickups-but in recent ... For example, we've seen California-based crews move to Arizona, Utah, or Washington to evade ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:55:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as "T.G ... The undefeated Blazers are coming off a 93-78 win over the Utah Jazz and a 85-68 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Read: Blazers Improve ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

4. Description of steps an affected individual can take to protect him/herself from identity theft. 5. Information that the individual can use to contact the covered entity to inquire about the breach ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training

Supporters of the legislation said tribal police and other law enforcement personnel need to be trained in addressing complex public safety issues related to the tribe's reservation, which includes pa...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:56:00 GMT

Young NBA stars slow out of the gate

He made just 12 of 52 shots in three summer league games in Utah, and now, he's shooting just 29 percent ... November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washing...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:36:00 GMT

Saint-Laurent residents worry about identity theft after mailboxes broken into

Dozens of community mailboxes were forced open and emptied in Saint-Laurent Thursday, leaving residents worried about identity theft. In total, 63 boxes were vandalized and much of the contents, such ...

Published:  Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:33:00 GMT

Woman On Trial For Identity Theft Accused Of Stealing Jewelry From Juror

A current criminal complaint alleges identity theft. Surveillance video shows the juror go through ... an exhausted but grateful Utah man arrived home with his wife Monday.

Published:  Thu, 31 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT

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