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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.


UT alerts some faculty, students of lost flash drive containing Social Security numbers

The university is offering a free, one-year membership to an identity theft monitoring service. Retired UT professor Douglas Oliver, 62, who taught mechanical engineering for more than 30 years and earned a master's degree in mathematics there last year ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 16:21:00 GMT

The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet ... Seven states-Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin-have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT

More than $300k in property stolen, 10 people indicted

They and six other co-defendants are charged with various other felonies, including burglary, theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, identity theft ... and in Vernal, UT. The defendants and associates ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 09:45:00 GMT

Man sentenced for using gas pump skimmer, has to pay back $100K

In October 2017, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, possessing skimming device equipment, possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices, and aggravated ID theft. He installed the ... it is under investigation. Three Utah men have been found not guilty ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 13:36:00 GMT

Smithfield man accused of stalking woman for weeks

three counts of theft, and failure to stop at the command of a police officer. According to this document, strange things started happening at the woman's apartment near Utah State University. Between March 30 and May 2, an oil-like substance was found ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 19:23:00 GMT

Update: South Jordan police ID juveniles accused of stealing guns, ammunition

Photos Courtesy: South Jordan Police SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, May 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily ... Matt Pennington said in a news release that the theft took place on Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. at the store at 10462 S. River Heights Drive.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 11:36:00 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, California and Utah state IDs, Ohio drivers licenses, resident ...

Published:  Sat, 05 May 2018 19:41:00 GMT

FINDING HOPE: Opioid abuse, arrests on the rise in Idaho

And as we found out, most of that is coming from Utah. "Every single day someone's tripping to Utah ... "Either through a petit theft, a minor theft situation, or even vehicle burglaries - they're using these types of situations to fund their habit ...

Published:  Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:36:00 GMT

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