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Any $50 billion industry would be considered as big business. Sadly, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In a typical year, more than 2,682 Connecticut residents report being victims of identity theft. That may not sound like a lot, but the state ranks 16th highest in the nation, with an average of 76.2 victims per 100,000 individuals in the population.
Identity theft prevention specialists suggest several actions that Connecticut residents can take to protect themselves from having their data stolen. First, don't carry your social security card or any other document bearing your SSN with you on a frequent basis. Next, only disclose your social security number when absolutely necessary, not just because a business asks you to provide it. Also, check your credit report annually to ensure there are no unrecognized, open lines of credit. Last, don't give out personal information on the phone unless it is a call you made or you are completely sure of the identity of the person calling; a new scam in the news reports callers pretending to be representatives of the IRS who want to steal personal information from whomever answers the phone.
There are many ways in which data thieves can take your personal information. They can look through garbage to find bills and credit statements that you haven't shredded; they can use skimmers or dishonest cashiers to steal credit and debit card numbers when you use your card; they can "phish" your email and steal your data while posing as trusted businesses. It would appear that new ways to abuse your personal information are on the nightly news almost daily.
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 In The News
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT
YORKTOWN - A Peekskill man is charged with identity theft and possession of a forged instrument, both as felonies, in connection with a case involving a Florida resident. Yorktown Police were alerted ...
Published: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:32:00 GMT
BULLHEAD CITY - Local law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects wanted for identity theft and stealing two vehicles from a local car dealership. The two vehicles were fraudulently purchased ...
Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:03:00 GMT
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Published: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:57:00 GMT
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