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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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Published: Sat, 19 May 2018 09:38:00 GMT
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