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Identity Theft in Maryland

Identity theft is on the rise in America, as criminals use stolen personal information to get expensive medical treatment, from facelifts to hip replacements; to rent apartments and set up utilities; to open new credit card accounts and make thousands of dollars in purchases before their victims are even aware.

Maryland experiences the 11th highest rate of identity theft in the United States: for every 100,000 individuals in the state, 91.8 will be victims of identity theft in a typical year. For the more than 5,200 people that represents, identity theft is an excruciating invasion of their privacy that often requires a significant amount of time and money to resolve.

Fortunately, residents of Maryland can do several things to protect themselves against becoming victims of identity theft. There are Identity Theft Protection companies who offer customers 24-hour monitoring of all personal information provided (e.g. bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc.) as well as rapid response to any suspicious activity detected by their advanced technologies. Many people in Maryland appreciate the greater sense of security knowing that they will find out about any security breaches within a matter of hours, rather than finding out well after the fact.

Also, there are several simple steps that most residents of Maryland can implement to better secure their personal information. Because social security numbers are one of the most useful pieces of information for identity thieves, residents should make sure to protect their SSNs very carefully; it should only be given when it is absolutely necessary, and only after determining how it will be used and protected. Driver's license details, birth dates, and addresses are also important to safeguard. Finally, being sure to not share too much information on social media can prevent identity thieves from getting the answers to "challenge" questions on bank accounts and other logins.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

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



3 Sentenced for Tax Fraud, Identity Theft

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors in Georgia say three people who admitted to filing approximately 984 fraudulent returns using stolen identities have each been sentence to more than five years in pris...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT



Former Kanye Model Denied Passport Return After Identity Theft Arrest

The former Yeezy model accused of shopping with a dead man's credit card wants her passport back so she can get out of dodge, but the judge wasn't hearing it, refusing the model's request. According t...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:11:00 GMT



Identity Theft: What's in your wallet

We've gotten to a point where we accept identity theft as a part of our lives. Between data breaches, skimming, phishing malware and more, we simply try to do our best. To be vigilant in protecting ou...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:45:00 GMT



Forgery, identity theft suspect wanted by Carbondale, IL police

Carbondale, Illinois Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a forgery and identity theft investigation. According to police, a man wearing a light colored polo shirt and blue jeans used t...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:26:00 GMT



Tackling the Problem of Identity Theft

Whether you or someone you know has ever been a victim of identity theft, it can be a lengthy and a major problem. ID Theft Resolutions, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated exclusively to educate ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:23:00 GMT



To Catch A Thief - Lessons We Can All Learn From Demi Moore's Identity Theft Drama

The recent film Ocean's 8 is the story of a group of thieves that steal a priceless necklace from a famous movie actress, in plain sight. A series of cons are pulled off that enable the heist to occur ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT




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