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Identity Theft in Massachusetts

Living in the state of Massachusetts, your likelihood of becoming the victim of identity theft falls exactly in the middle of the charts: 25th highest in the nation, with 69 out of every 100,000 residents reporting this crime in an average year. While this may not sound like much of a risk, for the more than 4,500 Massachusetts citizens who reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent 12-month period, their lives were severely impacted by the theft of their personal information..

Identity theft harms victims in many ways. Because such crimes often go unnoticed for weeks, months, even years, Massachusetts residents may have trouble getting a mortgage for a home purchase, an automobile loan, or even an apartment to rent because they had no idea that someone was using their information fraudulently. Criminals use social security numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers, and other stolen data to obtain medical care, to open multiple lines of credit for making thousands of dollars in purchases, or even to get a job using someone else's "clean" identity.

Fortunately, people in Massachusetts can protect themselves against identity theft. First, there are a number of reputable, affordable Identity Theft Protection companies whose services include 24-hour monitoring of customers' personal information, so that any unauthorized activity or transactions are detected and blocked promptly. Next, some simple changes in personal habits can be effective in deterring identity thieves. Such changes include shredding documents containing identifying information rather than throwing them in the garbage or recycling them; making sure to only provide social security numbers when absolutely required, and even in those circumstances ascertaining how that information will be both used and protected by the business requesting it; and being sure to not disclose too many personal details on social media sites, so as to not give would-be criminals enough information to steal bank accounts or even answer "challenge" questions correctly.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT



Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent, you're not done yet-your kid could very well end up as a victim. More than 1 million children in the ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 GMT



Former employee at state auditors office suspected of license forging, ID theft

"It was enough to make us concerned that there was some type of identity theft going on," Johnson said. That's not all they found. "We found an owners manual for a vehicle, we found a registration for ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:00 GMT



2 Honduran contractors charged with ID theft, fraud, tax evasion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Construction contractors, shell companies and tax fraud -- those are some of the charges that have been filed against two Honduran citizens in U.S.District Court in Jacksonville. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT



Can You Survive Identity Theft

Common sense is the best defense against identity theft - creating strong passwords for online accounts and monitoring personal credit reports and credit card statements are good, basic steps to take ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT



Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the State Auditor's Offic...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:27:00 GMT




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