Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How to Handle an Identity Theft in Nevada

Today's interconnected world has made it easier for people to connect with friends or transact with businesses. It has also made it easier to commit crimes of varying scales, from simple identity theft to more high-risk acts like large-scale digital robbery worth billions of dollars. While few criminals can pull off a movie-like billion-dollar online heist without being caught, many more are willing to steal the identities of other people to make the job easier. It is a major problem in Nevada, where identity theft cases can be linked to smaller-scale fraud and robbery incidents throughout the state.

Anybody can be a victim of identity theft, from ordinary individuals to the more vulnerable senior citizens. Below are a few steps on how to handle an identity theft in Nevada.

  • Get in touch with any establishment where your identity information has been registered. The most common case would be calling your bank and requesting them to freeze all of your digital assets to avoid or minimize the loss of cash.
  • Double-check all related materials for any suspicious activity from the period when they were lost. It can also give a hint of where the thief has been in some cases, such as transaction histories with shops or restaurants.
  • Employ a fraud alert for credit reports.
  • Send a report to both local and federal trade officials regarding the theft. It might be connected to other identity theft cases in the area.
  • Above all, don't forget to update your passwords to help thwart present or future incursions.
  • Additionally, sign up for Nevada's Identity Theft Program which offers victims the option to clear any crimes committed using their credentials.
 For the most part, identity theft can be preventable. Make sure that you always have your important cards on your sight or somewhere very secure and also be wary of swiping them anywhere, especially on suspicious businesses or other establishments.