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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.


Bountiful police identify package theft suspect, seek to locate him

BOUNTIFUL, Utah - The Bountiful Police Department said a male suspect has been identified and is wanted for questioning in regard to a package theft case. The department released surveillance ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 19:05:00 GMT

Group of out-of-towners accused of stealing items by removing theft-detection devices

possessing a detection device for retail theft, possessing spice, possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing a lost finance card, possessing multiple ID documents that didn't belong to them and illegal...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:03:00 GMT

Finally! Justice for Utah ID theft victim

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has filed criminal charges in an ID theft case News4Utah has been following for two and a half years now. 32 year old Paul Angelo ...

Published:  Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:32:00 GMT

Bill passes the House that strengthens identity theft charges

"Identity theft is a major issue in Utah. Our current law targets those who wrongly use a few ID's and the accounts of others," stated Rep. Patrice Arent, the bill's sponsor, in a press release. "It i...

Published:  Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:42:00 GMT

More Than 20 Arrested For Identity Theft

They are now facing state and federal felony charges ranging from identity theft to drug possession. Murray said authorities also found phony Mexican drivers licenses and birth certificates, Californi...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:45:00 GMT

UT Center for Identity releases report on identity theft

Fake accounts and hacking are usually what comes to mind when people think about identity theft. However, the UT Center for Identity recently researched data discovering "analog" theft is the major dr...

Published:  Mon, 01 May 2017 22:35:00 GMT

Debt collector goes after identity theft victim for $36 of Girl Scout cookies

SALT LAKE, UT ( - It doesn't matter how much of a morning ... He said the debt collector wanted personal information to confirm Snapp's identity, which Snapp didn't feel comfortable giving, ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:05:00 GMT

Class-action suit alleges Vancouver trust company exposed customers to risk of identity theft

A judge has certified a class-action lawsuit that alleges a Vancouver financial institution exposed its customers to the risk of identity theft after an online database ... asking them to call a telep...

Published:  Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:18:00 GMT

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