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Police give tips to prevent identity theft following latest case

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Ricardo Nunez was arrested and charged with 3 felony counts of criminal impersonation Ricardo Nunez was arrested and charged with 3 felony counts of criminal impersonation

A 25-year-old Gering man has been arrested, accused of stealing a former classmate's identification.
 
Ricardo Nunez is being charged with three felony counts of criminal impersonation. Last month, Nunez began opening credit card accounts and wiping out entire bank accounts using his classmate's information.

When all was said and done, nearly $8,000 worth of fraudulent transactions were conducted.

Scottsbluff police say they receive many complaints about identity theft each year, and offer tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
 
"Anything that has your date of birth, social security number, information like that- make sure that's destroyed before you throw it out in the garbage," explains Scottsbluff Police Officer Bobbi Kuhlman. "There are a lot of people who go through trash cans and dumpster's to get that information."

Kuhlman adds that a lot of scammer's online are trying to get personal information to steal their identity. If you get an email stating you've won an extravagant prize... chances are you didn't. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

If you have or suspect you may have fallen victim to identity theft, you can request a free credit report from three different companies. It will show all of your bank accounts, credit cards, and anything else tied to your social security number. If any fraudulent activity is detected, they can put a freeze on all of your accounts. She says it is time consuming, but prevents the damage from getting worse.

Nunez will be back in court on Monday for his preliminary hearing.

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