Senior Citizen Arrested for Shameless Bank Fraud by Eagle Police [PICS]
Local Bank Fraud Scandal
Eagle, Idaho. The Dec. 20th arrest of fugitive Anubor Bagbi has heightened attention surrounding identity theft and fraud on a local and national scale.
Responses to local news coverage of the scandal suggests Idahoans ought to increase their measures of identity theft protection. Because knowing better typically leads to doing better, the following information is intended to provide Idahoans with a clearer understanding of identity theft.
Details regarding Anubor's arrest are featured in the gallery below.
Understanding Identity Theft
First and foremost, it can happen to you.
The United States Department of Justice classifies identity theft and identity fraud as crimes "in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain."
National Council on Identity Theft Protection
The National Council on Identity Theft Protection wants Americans to understand the seriousness and prevalence of identity theft and fraud.
The organization's 2022 Identity Theft Facts and Statistics reports the FTC received over 5 million identity theft and fraud reports in 2021. Of those cases, 1.4 million were classified as consumer identity theft.
As if the pandemic weren't hard enough, the NCITP further reports approximately 50% of Americans were targeted by identity theft in 2020. From 2020 to 2021, reported incidents of identity theft increased from 4.7 million to 5.7 million.
WalletHub Knows Best
The Gem State is no exception. A recent study conducted by WalletHub reports Idaho's instances of identity theft and fraud per capita are cause for concern.
In 2021, Idaho ranked 45th in the nation for identity theft and fraud complaints. This year, we're ranked 39th.
4 Key Identity Fraud Facts Idahoans Should Know
- In 2021, the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press reported that while Idahoans were "less vulnerable to identity theft" that year, our state is among the worst when it comes statutory protections. The news outlet calls for greater protection at the state level.
- According to the NCITP, identity theft crimes occur every 22 seconds in the United States. The reason? NCITP attributes the all-time high to a "wider range of identity theft methods." The council expects a significant increase in identity theft instances in 2023.
- The NCITP reports the United States lost $2.8 billion due to imposter scams in 2021. Of the grand total, $392 million in losses originated from online shopping.
- Of the $5.8 billion lost to identity theft and fraud in the U.S., the NCITP calculates Americans targeted by scammers lost an average of $500 in 2021.
If you suspect your identity has been stolen or compromised, contact your local authorities and Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. for assistance.