From the Las Vegas Sun an article was posted a week ago about how Nevada is the top state for identity theft. “Nevada is the top state for people to become the victims of identity theft, according to a report released this week. Using FBI and Federal Trade Commission data from 2017, personal security website ASecureLife ranked Nevada as the riskiest state for identity theft. The distinction factored in average loss per victim and the number of victims per 100,000 residents.” The article also states that the average a victim loses is $5,964.
With all this information coming out we will now take a look at how you can protect your identity. The following tips are universal and can be found on numerous sources such as CBS News:
· Don’t keep your Social Security card on your person.
· Don’t reply to unsolicited email.
· Shred your mail.
· Review your credit card statements.
· Don’t share personal information on the phone.
Anyone can be a victim of identity theft. There are schemes that target people of all ages, races, and genders. It also seems that huge companies are targeted since they have information for identity thieves. A Reno man was convicted on identity theft in a recent news story. The following is from KOLO 8 News with what the man did:
The article also proves you with how you can report identity theft.