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Identity Theft in Washington

Washington MapWashington State has the 15th highest rate of identity theft in America, with 77.2 reported cases for every 100,000 residents in the population. While this might not sound like an alarming number, the more than 5,000 people who were victimized in this way in a recent year are well aware of identity theft's costly, time-consuming impact on an individual's life.

When a person's identity is stolen, it can lead to difficulties in obtaining credit for mortgages or other loans, in passing a credit check needed to rent an apartment, or even in filing taxes, as the IRS is reporting an increasing number of tax-related identity theft cases where fraudulent returns are filed and the refund is taken by the criminal who submitted it rather than received by the taxpayer. At worst, every year a number of people are falsely imprisoned for crimes committed by people who used stolen identities as aliases while conducting their illegal activities.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent identity theft. One simple method is to use strong passwords on both online accounts and to lock phones and other mobile devices; such passwords usually use a string of letters and numbers in a combination meaningful to the user but nearly impossible to guess at random. Another strategy is to learn to recognize impostors online and offline: those who are hoping to get social security numbers, account information, and other pieces of data by pretending to be a trusted business or governmental agency.

When in doubt, Washington residents should use customer service numbers provided on account statements or on the back of credit cards, or log directly into their accounts by entering the URL directly rather than clicking on links provided in emails. They should also be aware that most companies will not ask for such information to ever be disclosed over the phone unless such calls are initiated by the customer.

In addition, Identity Theft Protection services are available to Washington citizens who would like the added layer of safeguards offered by having 24-hour monitoring of their personal information.


Indian ex-Tesla employee charged for embezzling $9.3mn, identity theft

The maximum sentence for aggravated identity theft is two years in prison and $250,000 fine ... A top Chinese diplomat yesterday, while addressing a press conference in Washington, said China has kept ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 01:37:00 GMT

Fraudster on trial for alleged scheme over his real identity

He allegedly left for Canada after he was indicted in California in 2001 for a fraud scheme involving identity theft and illegal access devices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase said in court docume...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:07:00 GMT

Washington State Patrol detective violated woman's rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules

The Washington Disability Determination Services division asked ... Because Whalen believed she had been a victim of identity theft, she invited McMullen into her home so she could provide him with co...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Breach at Washington state surgery center affects 2,393 patients

the surgery center is offering credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services from an unnamed credit firm. All patients of the practice, which is part of the Peace Health delivery system se...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:33:00 GMT

Bitmain Sues Unknown Hacker For Alleged Theft Of $5.5 Million

The court documents - the lawsuit was filed in Seattle, Washington - refer to the suspect as 'John ... A "John Doe lawsuit" usually intends to uncover the identity of the fictitious defendant by using ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:33:00 GMT

Southland crime: Police say man threatened boy with knife for not sitting down in church, more

FRAUD ARREST: Keith Blades, 20, 18800 block of Castle Road, Homewood, was arrested and accused of identity theft and unlawfully possessing ... NARCOTICS CHARGE: Malik Washington, 23, 16400 block of Ho...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:49:00 GMT

CCTV images of two men wanted over theft of black Mercedes and bank cards in Northampton

Between 1am and 6am on October 18, a house in Washington Street ... help in identifying two men who may have information about the theft of the cards. Anyone with information about the identity of the ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 08:33:00 GMT

Anne Hawley's Best Lead

Further, I do not know the identity of the two men who ... with a private investigative firm in Washington D.C. to develop and follow leads of its own. Although the FBI acknowledged it was the largest ...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 21:25:00 GMT

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Sues "John Doe" Binance Hacker Over $5.5 Million BTC Theft

Because of this intrusion, the mining manufacturer lost 617 bitcoins, worth roughly $5.5 million at the time of the theft. It is believed ... representatives know the real identity of the culprit. Fil...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:15:00 GMT

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