Washington state,” state Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “We’re not at the beginning of the end of this problem. I doubt we’re even approaching the peak.”
Rose fell victim — twice — to the most damaging kind of identity theft, in which thieves used their Social Security numbers to assume their identities.
Some believe identity theft is a victimless crime. But for Rose identity theft is like an octopus with a smothering grip that seems impossible to shake.
Detectives Dave Startup and Jas Kirk, who handle identity-theft cases for the Washington State Patrol, recommend these steps to guard against identity theft:
• Get a locking mailbox and a cross-cut shredder.
• Bank online so you can monitor your accounts frequently for suspicious activity.
• Pick up new checks at your bank rather than having them mailed to your home.
• Make copies of all the credit cards in your wallet, front and back, so you’ll have critical information if your wallet is lost or stolen.
• Don’t carry your Social Security card or number (sometimes printed on health-insurance cards and other documents).