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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

How the Postal Service's Informed Delivery can either help you or help scammers steal your identity

The Secret Service last week sent out an internal warning that many of its field offices have reported scammers are using Informed Delivery to help them carry out identity theft and credit card fraud, ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:00:00 GMT



Krieger sentenced to prison for embezzlement and identity theft

(HELENA) that Katherine Marie Krieger of Helena was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $236,924.17 restitution for stealing a person's identit...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:35:00 GMT



Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft

ATLANTA (AP) - A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. The U.S. Justice Departmen...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:42:00 GMT



Madison man sentenced to 2 years in identity theft case

A Madison man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Thursday for stealing the identity of a eBay user so he could sell non-existent items on the website. James Dudgeon, 60, was sentenced by ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:16:00 GMT



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Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:07:00 GMT



Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 15, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Consumer data breaches are nothing new. In 2018, alone, cybercriminals compromised the information of customers at Sears, Macy's, Kmart, Delta and ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT



Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT




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