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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

Dayton Signs Bill Aimed at Protecting Children From Identity Theft

The investigation above aired in 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill over the weekend allowing parents or guardians the ability to place a credit security freeze on their child's name to protect them from possible financial identity theft. Rep.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 11:20:00 GMT



Stephens City man sentenced for identity theft

A Stephens City man who used hospital patients' names on checks and credit cards for $26,182 worth of identity theft will spend up to two years in federal prison. Ajarhi Savimi Roberts was sentenced Monday in a plea bargain U.S. District Court in ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 19:21:00 GMT



Court orders man to pay $2M in child support in 'bizarre' case involving identity theft

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:34:00 GMT



American Consumer Credit Counseling on Damage Control After Identity Theft

Every year consumers fall victim to identity theft. Not only can identity theft empty a consumer's bank account, but it can also prolong any future financial plans. With the growth in anonymous transactions and easy accessibility to accounts online, it is ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 03:43:00 GMT



Ontonagon couple becomes DIY identity theft consultants

ONTONAGON - Faced with identity theft and no legal protection, Bob and JoAnn Hartle took matters into their own hands. The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT



Stephens City, Va., man sentenced to two years in hospital ID-theft case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Stephens City, Va., man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison for bank fraud stemming from the thefts of hospital patients' information about two years ago at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, U.S ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 17:03:00 GMT



Police Seek to ID Man Who's Stolen $25K Worth of Home Electronics From More Than 30 Target Stores Across SoCal

Police are hoping to identify a man caught on surveillance video committing theft at more than 30 Target stores throughout three Southern California counties, authorities said Monday. The man is accused of stealing approximately $25,000 worth of ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 23:16:00 GMT



Royal Wedding Facebook Quiz Puts You at Risk for Identity Theft

If you use Facebook, you're probably no stranger to personality quizzes and text-based prompts littering your News Feed. For some, they're fun. For others, they're annoying. But, at least in one recent case, they can also increase your risk of ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 14:24:00 GMT



'Do you believe I faked my own life': Valley officer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

MARICOPA - Maricopa Police officer Ricardo Alvarado has a case that's stumped him for 12 years. An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT




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