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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.
Identity Theft In The News
KNOX COUNTY - Ashley Wright, a Knox County Schools teacher who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and stealing thousands of dollars from friends, family, and other Knox County Schools teachers, ...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:00 GMT
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
A clerk inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles who was accused of using her computer access to commit bank fraud and identity theft was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to three ye...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT
A Bronx man was indicted for stealing a Justice Department lawyer's identity to buy two big-ticket Beemers at a Westchester dealership, prosecutors said Wednesday. Anthony Williams, 29, pleaded not gu...
Published: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT
A former senior auditor in the Special Investigations Division of the State Auditor's Office is wanted on charges of identity theft and altering driver's licenses. An affidavit seeking an arrest warra...
Published: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:32:00 GMT
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