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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

2 arrested for drug charges, felony identity theft

51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged with felony identity theft 51-year-old Lana Murphy and 39-year-old Bennie Coplin were arrested Friday and charged ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:47:00 GMT



Petersburg fights child identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:47:00 GMT



Attempted identity theft led police to reopen '86 missing toddler case

LAS VEGAS (KSNV/CNN) - North Las Vegas police say attempted identity theft prompted them to reopen a cold case more than 30 years later involving the disappearance of 3-year-old Francillion Pierre. "I...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:26:00 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. "We must kee...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:25:00 GMT



2 arrested with 100 fake credit cards at Costa Mesa hotel plead not guilty in ID theft and fraud case

A man and a woman accused of trying to use forged credit cards to rack up more than $1,600 in charges at a Costa Mesa hotel pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Friday. Aaron Michael G...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:35:00 GMT



Rep. McDermed Introduces Bill to Tackle Medical ID Theft

This post was contributed by a community member. Springfield, IL" With medical ID theft on the rise, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pushing for Illinois to protect victims and ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:11:00 GMT



Avoiding Identity Theft Discussed at Montville Township Public Library

MONTVILLE, NJ - When you're the victim of identity theft, you'll know right away because something will have been stolen, such as your wallet and credit cards, right Wrong, said Margaret Sanchez, who ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:10:00 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



BBB: Identity theft awareness a must during tax season

Tax season has officially begun, and scammers may be looking to steal your identity and your refund. The Federal Trade Commission declared last week "Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week." This awareness ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 06:45:00 GMT




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