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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

Lansing man convicted in identity theft, tax refund fraud scheme

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A Lansing man is facing up to 20 years in prison for his role in an international identity theft and tax refund fraud scheme. On Monday, a jury convicted Oghevwakpo Igboba of one ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:57:00 GMT



New Federal Law Offers Parents Protections From Child Identity Theft

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Starting Sept. 21, 2018, a new federal law will offer you and your children more protection from identity theft. You will be able to place a security freeze on your credit ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:54:00 GMT



Identity Theft Service Captures Top Rating from TopConsumerReviews.com

LifeLock, a leading Identity Theft protection service, receives the highest ranking available from TopConsumerReviews.com. We're pleased to give LifeLock a first-place ranking as our top pick for Iden...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:41:00 GMT



To Prevent Identity Theft, Set Up Web Access for Banking, Phone & Other Accounts

Staying offline doesn't keep you safe from online threats. That's bad news for many older Americans. According to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center, 34 percent of senior citizens in the U.S. don ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:17:00 GMT



Fake ID Docs Sold On Websites Targeted By Feds

Discussions about ID theft often involve hackers and cyberattacks gaining access to consumer and payment data. But action from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday (Sept. 18) showed how ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:17:00 GMT



Crime Report: iPhone theft victim gets call made on it by woman who says it was given to her

Identity theft: 700 block of Foothill Boulevard. After hiring a forensic accountant to secure documents of what she believes to be fraudulent activity on her bank account, a woman reported to the sher...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:50:00 GMT



Distilled Analytics and Shyft Network Partner to Combat Global Identity Theft, Exploitation, and Human Trafficking

BOSTON and ST. MICHAEL, Barbados, Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the recent inaugural Blockchain Policy Forum held by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT



Fighting identity theft: It's free to freeze/thaw your credit report

Considered the strongest tool in lessening the risk of identity theft, placing a security freeze on your credit file comes with even fewer caveats beginning Friday. That's when a new federal law ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:35:00 GMT




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