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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

ID Sought In Credit Card Theft At Marquee Theatre In Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ - Toms River police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man in connection with a credit card theft that happened Feb. 8. The man, seen in video below, appears to be in ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:41:00 GMT



Business identity theft costing companies millions

(NBC) - "It's really easy for an attacker to impersonate a business," said Brain Vecci, cyber security professional with Varonis. Imagine criminals taking over your company and running it as their own ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:06:00 GMT



Raoul, 30 other AGs urge FTC to tighten identity theft protections

SPRINGFIELD - Thirty-one state attorneys general, including Illinois' Kwame Raoul, are advocating for tougher safeguards against identity theft in the Federal Trade Commission's rulebook.

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:43:00 GMT



Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) joined 30 other state attorneys general in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission Feb. 10 urging the FTC to continue its Identity Theft Rules, origi...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT



Police blotter: Identity theft and assault charges in Stamford

A 33-year-old Mount Vernon, NY man was charged with credit card theft, larceny and conspiracy to commit credit card theft. A 55-year-old Mount Vernon, NY man was charged with burglary, larceny, credit ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:21:00 GMT



Mass Adoption is Coming: The Biggest US Automaker Turns to Blockchain to Help Save Millions in Identity Theft

General Motors Financial has partnered with blockchain company Spring Labs to help reduce identity theft. It's a move that could potentially save the car maker millions of dollars in fraud costs.

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:17:00 GMT



Oklahoma Veteran Victim Of Identity Theft

HARRAH, Oklahoma - A 1981 Harrah High School graduate, who endured three traumatic brain injuries while serving in both Gulf Wars, is now having to deal with the demons involved in identity theft. Jam...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:27:00 GMT




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