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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.


Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

Kermit Washington, who played ten season in the NBA, including three for the Portland Trail Blazers, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole for false tax returns and identity ...

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

Former NBA player Washington sentenced for charity fraud

Former NBA player Kermit Washington has been sentenced to six years in federal ... guilty in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washington played for s...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:13:00 GMT

Kermit Washington Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Charity Fraud

Former NBA power forward Kermit Washington was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in November to making a false statement on a tax return and aggravated identity the...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:11:00 GMT

2 arrested, 1 sought in Harris County identity theft case

HOUSTON - Two people have been arrested and another is wanted in connection with an identity theft case in Harris County ... first-degree engaging in organized criminal activity. Kevin Washington was ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:31:00 GMT

Two suspects arrested, one on the run after deputies bust identity theft ring

Two of the men, Epheson Fikru and Kevin Washington, have been arrested and are out on bond. The third suspect, Shawn Adrian, is still on the run. Deputies say an employee at a Wells Fargo bank in east ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:23:00 GMT

Former NBA Star Kermit Washington Sentenced To Six Years Over Charity Fraud Scheme

Washington was indicted in May 2016 for the scheme, and in in November 2017 he pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faced up to 40 y...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:03:00 GMT

Sheriff's Office Thwarts Identity Theft Scheme

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced Wednesday his Financial Crimes Unit, in collaboration with the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, have recentl...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Former Blazer, Vancouver business owner Kermit Washington sentenced to prison

Kermit Washington, a former Vancouver business owner and Portland ... guilty in November to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft. Washington, who owned Vancouver rest...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:47:00 GMT

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