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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.

 

Albertan, two B.C. men arrested in "śmassive' cases of identity theft

RCMP allege that Kuch Hengleap Khun, 37, was caught on Aug. 12 when he mistakenly entered Washington state through ... of sophisticated fraud and identity theft committed across Canada by Khun.

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:07:34 GMT



Man sentenced for using stolen identity to defraud Medicare

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Jose Agosto, of Worcester, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in January to charges including wire fraud, misusing a Social Security number, and aggravated ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:23:00 GMT



39 Million Americans Potentially Had Identity Compromised by Illegal Immigrants

Wilcox added that many of the victims of identity theft were children and thereby ... according to The Washington Times. DACA, which granted legal protections to nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:18:00 GMT



Washington Parish inmate taken to hospital, police investigating

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police and the FBI are now investigating an incident at the Washington Parish Jail ... He is being held on identity theft charges. She is worried about his safety ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:57:00 GMT



Motivational Speaker and Best-Selling Author Grant Cardone, Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine Headline LegalShield's Leaders @ All Levels Convention

About LegalShield A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America's leading providers of legal safeguards and identity theft protection f...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:50:00 GMT



Target Shoplifter Charged With Theft: New Lenox Cops

A patrol officer observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation near Washington Street and Cherry ... Police were dispatched to an Identity Theft complaint. The complainant advised that someone ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:45:00 GMT



U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have accused ... The indictment charged the three with conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. Lawyers for the defendants could not be i...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:09:00 GMT



Oct. 13: WSU Tri-Cities Education Summit features National Teacher of the Year

Washington State University Tri-Cities will hold a comprehensive ... Cybersecurity in K-12 Classrooms. Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft, Promoting Safety. Thinking About STEM and Standards. Engagin...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:00:00 GMT



Illegal immigrants cited in theft of 39 million Social Security numbers

Millions of Americans, in many cases children, are having their identities stolen to enable even more criminal activity. Illegal aliens should not reap Social Security benefits that result from the co...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:21:00 GMT



Tri-City swindler admits to using dead baby's identity to apply for a passport

A serial swindler who stole millions of dollars from investors in his Pasco company pleaded guilty Thursday to new crimes of aggravated identity theft and making a false ... another crime or leaving E...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:24:00 GMT



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