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Identity Theft in Michigan

As a Michigander, are you taking the appropriate measures to protect yourself from identity theft? The Federal Trade Commission recommends that you focus on four areas of safeguards, two of which include protecting your social security number and keeping your personal information secure offline.

Because identity thieves can often use stolen social security numbers to most easily open new lines of credit, get employment with a "clean" identity, or even obtain expensive medical procedures such as cosmetic surgery, making sure that your social security number does not fall into criminal hands should be a top priority. Keep your social security card at home whenever possible, along with any other documents (e.g. Medicare card) that bear that number. If you are asked to give your SSN by a business, ask them why they need it, as well as how they will protect it While some requesters may need it for tax reporting or other purposes, many do so as part of a standard form but will not deny you services or other benefits if you decline.

To keep your information secure offline, consider taking any mail you wish to send directly to the post office or a collection box rather than putting it in your own curbside mailbox. Conversely, when ordering new checks, you may want to have them delivered somewhere other than your home. Another tip is to destroy any labels on prescription medication bottles before recycling or putting them in the trash. Finally, make sure to shred any credit applications, physician statements, expired credit cards, and bank statements when you no longer need them.

However, many residents of Michigan are turning to Identity Theft Protection services, in addition to the previously mentioned strategies, to avoid becoming one of the 7,500 people statewide who report being victims of identity theft in a typical year. You too may benefit from having around-the-clock monitoring of your information, so as to best prevent any long-lasting negative effects on your credit rating - and your life in general.


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Identity Theft In The News

You can still fall victim to identity theft with a fraud alert in place

With all the security breaches in the news, you've decided to protect your credit by placing a fraud alert on your account with the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:00 GMT

From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 ( - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT

Identity Theft/Forgery/False Identification/Burglary Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, San Bruno Police Officers responded to the United States Post Office, located at 1300 Huntington Avenue in San Bruno regarding a mail theft ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:35:00 GMT

Cyber criminals abuse US Postal Service Informed Delivery for ID theft

Cyber criminals are abusing the US Postal Service's Informed Delivery for ID theft and credit card fraud. Meanwhile, vulnerabilities were found in Oracle's VirtualBox, WordPress and Adobe ColdFusion s...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:25:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

Man arrested for identity theft, fraud

A San Francisco man was arrested for identity theft, fraud and other charges at the U.S. post office in San Bruno Thursday evening after a postal inspector investigation, according to police. At appro...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:15:00 GMT

Norwalk man charged with identity theft, other charges

NORWALK - A 24-year-old Norwalk man was charged with identity theft, illegal use of a credit card and other charges Tuesday morning. Police said they received a call Oct. 4 from a person who said cred...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT

Chesterfield man who began stealing 12 days after leaving halfway house gets 15 months for ID theft

ST. LOUIS " A man from Chesterfield who started stealing from a store 12 days after being released from a halfway house on other federal charges was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for ident...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:08:00 GMT

Leading identity theft expert from 'Catch Me If You Can' comes to St. Louis to teach about how to avoid scams and fraud

ST. LOUIS ( - An expert on outsmarting scam artists who has worked with the FBI doing just that for four decades is coming to St. Louis November 8 to help you to spot and avoid scams to prote...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 01:28:00 GMT

Vidor Native shares identity theft story

VIDOR - Brent Smith and his fiancee Candice Kerr have been together for 11 years, and they tell 12news they've had a recurring happen all 11 years. "My fiancee Candice has a warrant out in her name," ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT

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