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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

Former assisted-living worker pleads guilty to identity theft

A judge gave a Clemmons woman a suspended prison sentence Wednesday after she was accused of stealing money from an elderly resident at an assisted-living facility. Cherie Chevon Smith, 35, pleaded gu...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:35:00 GMT

Man charged with ID theft, vehicle burglaries, car theft in Coventry

COVENTRY - A 19-year-old man is facing identity theft, credit card fraud, burglary, and other charges in connection with breaking into vehicles in town in January, police said. The man, Seth Neborsky, ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:45:00 GMT

Tampa man sent to federal prison for ID theft, $2M in tax fraud

A Tampa man will spend the next four years in federal prison and have to repay more than half a million dollars in connection with a host of tax return fraud and identity theft charges. Henry Flerijea...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:15:00 GMT

Woodbury Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft of Approximately 300 People

A Woodbury man has pleaded guilty to multiple charges after authorities say he stole the identities of approximately 300 people, many of them linked to the Twin Cities charity where he worked. Accordi...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:21:00 GMT

Traditional identity systems are the new battleship row

Perry Chaffee is the vice president of strategy for WWPass, where he leads company strategy and product marketing in the company's mission to battle identity theft and data breaches for governments an...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:20:00 GMT

Woman charged with forgery, ID theft

FAIRFIELD - A Waterbury woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly tried to withdraw $5,100 from another person's Chase Bank account. Roberta Leach, 58, of Buckridge Road, was charged with crimina...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:23:00 GMT

Irving tax return preparers charged in fraud, identity theft

Two Irving tax preparers have been charged with a total of 50 counts related to filing fake returns, the Department of Justice announced Monday. An indictment detailing the charges against Francisco V...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:37:00 GMT

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