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Identity Theft in Delaware

In a recent year in Delaware, 725 people became victims of identity theft, ranking the state 13th highest in the nation at a rate of 81.9 cases of identity theft for every 100,000 people in the population.

People in Delaware have several options for better safeguarding themselves against such identity theft. First, many reputable Identity Theft Protection services offer customers around-the-clock monitoring of their credit and are notified right away if any suspicious activity is registered; if an identity breach happens, the protection company helps to recover their customers' good credit. This saves individuals both time and money as it can often be costly for victims of identity theft to repair the damage done on their own. Additionally, Delaware residents can better protect their identity by only giving out personal information when absolutely necessary, using firewalls and other data security measures on their computers, and by reviewing their credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements each year for any unrecognized employment or other activity.

Criminals take personal information, especially social security numbers, and utilize it in a number of fraudulent ways. Payday loans can be taken out in more than one state, incurring vast amounts of debt. They can open credit lines at banks or retailers, making purchases before their victims detect anything out of the ordinary. Stolen bank account information can result in drained savings and checking accounts in a matter of minutes, leaving Delaware account owners with nothing. Finally, the issues regarding health care in Delaware, identity theft is now used more frequently to access medical care with victims' information.

The IRS also informed the public of a recent increase in tax-related identity theft, where stolen social security numbers of Delaware residents are used to file falsified tax returns and take their refund. Unfortunately, victims are often not aware of the theft and fraudulent tax return until they attempt to file their taxes and learn that one was filed earlier in the year.


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Identity Theft In The News

Tip sheet: How to protect yourself against identity theft

Be wary of phishing scams: emails asking you to click on links, texts containing links, and phone calls asking for personal information. Avoid using security questions that are true and for which the ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:26:00 GMT

Protect yourself from identity theft

In a recent column, we talked about a number of helpful resources for more information about scams, how to avoid them and what to do if you become a victim. One resource was contact information if you ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:16:00 GMT

Police Seek ID Theft Suspect, Ask Public's Help

ROSWELL, GA - Roswell police are asking the public's help in identifying this person who they say used an identity theft victim's ID and bank cards. On Feb. 1, two men broke into a car at Old ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 06:13:00 GMT

How to use a credit freeze to combat identity theft

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Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:06:00 GMT

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Not a day passes without news of data thefts that put all of us in danger. A recent report says that over 5 billion data records were breached in 2018. You can be pretty certain that mine and yours ar...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:49:00 GMT

Tina Squier: Convicted identity thief wanted after being arrested with counterfeit checks

Convicted felon, Tina Squier, is skipping court in Spokane County on an identity theft charge, after detectives say she was arrested with a bunch of counterfeit checks and ID's in her purse.

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:31:00 GMT

Blockbuster Gizmodo investigation reveals probable masterminds of the massive anti-Net Neutrality identity theft/astroturf campaign

US government agencies can't just make up rules: they're require to show that the rules they make reflect the best evidence, and part of that is a "notice and comment" period for major policy ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:26:00 GMT

Petersburg fights identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:12:00 GMT

Lawyer says security firm lawsuit plaintiffs still targets of identity theft

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We have an update for you on a story we first shared last October about a possible leak of personal information by a private security firm. Employees say the company released the...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:22:00 GMT

More bail added for U.D. identity theft suspect

UPPER DARBY- A magisterial district judge has doubled the amount of bail for the Upper Darby woman accused of stealing almost $120,000 from a neighbor she befriended in their apartment building. Magis...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:45:00 GMT

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