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Identity Theft in Alabama

A $50 billion industry is big business. Unfortunately, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In an average year, more than 3,500 Alabama residents report being victims of identity theft.

There are a variety of ways in which data thieves can steal your personal information. They can sift through trash to find bills and credit statements; they can steal credit and debit card numbers when your card is used; they can "phish" your email and retrieve your data while posing as legitimate businesses. It seems that new ways to abuse your personal information emerge every day.

Once they have your data, it doesn't take long for them to wreak havoc. For example, they can drain your bank and checking accounts. Or, they can open new loans for cars and other big ticket items. They can even charge your accounts for vacations, home furnishings, and surgical procedures such as liposuction and plastic surgery. And after you realize you're a victim, it can take months or even years to straighten out the mess. While no one can guarantee that your personal information will never be stolen, Identity Theft Protection services work to make sure that this information cannot be used to hurt you, particularly with respect to your credit score.

Identity theft prevention experts recommend a number of steps that Alabama residents can take to better protect themselves from having their identity stolen. First, don't make a habit of carrying your social security card or any other document bearing your SSN. Second, only disclose your SSN when absolutely required, not just because a business asks for it. Third, check your credit report every year to make sure there are no open lines of credit that you don't recognize. Finally, don't give out personal information over the phone unless it is a call you initiated or you are absolutely sure of the identity of the person calling; a recent scam involves callers pretending to be from the IRS in order to gain personal information from the person who answers the phone.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT



Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent, you're not done yet-your kid could very well end up as a victim. More than 1 million children in the ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT



Former employee at state auditors office suspected of license forging, ID theft

"It was enough to make us concerned that there was some type of identity theft going on," Johnson said. That's not all they found. "We found an owners manual for a vehicle, we found a registration for ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:00 GMT



2 Honduran contractors charged with ID theft, fraud, tax evasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Construction contractors, shell companies and tax fraud -- those are some of the charges that have been filed against two Honduran citizens in U.S.District Court in Jacksonville. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT



Can You Survive Identity Theft

Common sense is the best defense against identity theft - creating strong passwords for online accounts and monitoring personal credit reports and credit card statements are good, basic steps to take ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT



Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the State Auditor's Offic...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:27:00 GMT



Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme

Fort Lee man admits targeting veterans for identity theft scheme A Fort Lee man admitted Friday to stealing personal information from current and former members of the U.S. Army as part of a tax fraud ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:59:00 GMT



Tips to guard against ID theft while on vacation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - As millions of Americans get ready to relax at the beach, visit theme parks, set sail on a cruise or explore exotic destinations this summer, AAA Tidewater Virginia is reminding ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT



Teacher in identity theft case sentenced to 48 hours in jail, two years probation

KNOX COUNTY - Ashley Wright, a Knox County Schools teacher who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and stealing thousands of dollars from friends, family, and other Knox County Schools teachers, ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:00 GMT



Catch him if you can: Frank Abagnale to present on identity theft

FARGO - The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce will host "Stealing Your Life: A Fraud Seminar With Frank Abagnale" beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Delta by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:42:00 GMT




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