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Identity Theft in Maine

Maine ranks third lowest in the United States when it comes to identity theft: only 38.8 out of every 100,000 residents will experience this crime in a typical year. However, for the more than 500 Mainers who reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent 12-month period, they were likely impacted in time-consuming, costly ways. Identity theft can hinder individuals' ability to get credit for a car loan or a mortgage, to obtain employment, or to pass a background check when looking to rent an apartment.

Fortunately, there are many things that residents of Maine can do to protect themselves against identity theft. One of the most important ways is by safeguarding their social security numbers. This information should only be disclosed when absolutely necessary, and only after determining how the requester will use and protect it. Also, social security cards should generally be left in a safe place at home, rather than in a purse or wallet; the same goes for any other documents (such as Medicare cards) that carry the number.

Another critical step is to keep electronic devices secure. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets should all be password-protected - with a password that is not easily guessed - so that thieves have a harder time accessing any personal information that might be found on those devices. Users should also log off every time they finish using password-protected devices. Similarly, fans of social networking sites should be careful to not share too much personal data, which could enable identity thieves to answer "challenge" questions on accounts and discover other information about users' lives.

Finally, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection services available to Mainers. These companies offer customers the security of knowing that their personal information is being monitored around-the-clock, and that any potentially fraudulent activity will be noticed and resolved quickly.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

BBB tips to avoid identity theft

Scams are designed to either steal your money now, or steal your identity in order to steal your money later. Scammers have all kinds of techniques to collect personally identifiable information (PII) ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:21:00 GMT



ID theft: Use credit freezes to keep your kids, elderly safe from this financial scam

Amy Wang and her husband spent the first six months of 2016 trying to repair their credit after someone redirected their mail and stole tax forms with sensitive information. A Macy's, Bloomingdale's a...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:01:00 GMT



New Medicare cards will offer better ID theft protection

If you have Medicare, you'll be getting a new Medicare card to help protect you from identity fraud. Criminals are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number, so those numbers have bee...

Published:  Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:21:00 GMT



Wyandotte residents report incidents of identity theft, debit card fraud

Although they don't appear to be related, three Wyandotte residents reported incidents of identity theft and fraud, all on the same day - Sept. 18. The first police report was taken at 11:50 a.m. and ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:13:00 GMT



Identity Theft Service Captures Top Rating from TopConsumerReviews.com

LifeLock, a leading Identity Theft protection service, receives the highest ranking available from TopConsumerReviews.com. We're pleased to give LifeLock a first-place ranking as our top pick for Iden...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:41:00 GMT



New Federal Law Offers Parents Protections From Child Identity Theft

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Starting Sept. 21, 2018, a new federal law will offer you and your children more protection from identity theft. You will be able to place a security freeze on your credit ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:54:00 GMT



Coeur d'Alene woman's quick thinking saves her from identity theft

Surveillance video obtained by KHQ from the McDonald's in Spokane Valley shows an alleged thief who Krystalynn Tekancic says broke into her home while she was moving. "We're pretty sure that the perso...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:10:16 GMT



Fake ID Docs Sold On Websites Targeted By Feds

Discussions about ID theft often involve hackers and cyberattacks gaining access to consumer and payment data. But action from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday (Sept. 18) showed how ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:17:00 GMT




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