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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

Adams County serial squatter sentenced to six years prison for felony identity theft

A woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for felony identity theft in connection to serial squatting, in which she fraudulently leased residences and failed to pay rents prior to evictions. H...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:27:00 GMT



Serial squatter gets 6 years in prison for identity theft

DENVER (AP) - A woman accused of being a serial squatter by fraudulently leasing properties and failing to pay rent has been sentenced to six years in prison. The Denver Post reports 43-year-old Heath...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 20:47:00 GMT



Consumer Alert: The Time Is Now To Protect Your Child From ID Theft, Experts Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A new warning was issued to parents, saying it's time to start protecting children from identity fraud. A recent survey found one million kids were victims of identity ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:08:00 GMT



How Experian can protect you from identity theft

Bad news: Identity theft has reached an all-time high. Good news: IdentityWorksSM Plus by Experian is an effective weapon against this rising threat. Criminals can nab far more than just your name on ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:25:00 GMT



Thousands of children are falling victim to identity theft

Gavin Karpinsky never worried about having his identity stolen, but that's because he's five-years-old and more concerned about playing super hero with his twin brother. "I was shocked," said Heather ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:57:00 GMT



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

Privacy and security experts say that staying offline actually carries big risks. Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, a Florida-based firm that helps identity theft victims, explains that onli...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:32:00 GMT



BBB URGES BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE EPIDEMIC OF IDENTITY THEFT

September 18, 2018 (San Diego) - The number of identity fraud victims in the United States (US) has reached an all time high rising to 16.7 million reported instances in 2018, 8 percent more than in 2...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT



Protecting your digital identity from theft, fraud

ST. LOUIS - Has your digital identity been taken and sold online Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing personal information to hackers and potential thieves.

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:54:00 GMT




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