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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

Police investigating identity theft in which student loans were opened in victim's name

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa.- Police are investigating an identity theft in which student loans were opened in a victim's name at various online universities. On January 15, a victim came to the ...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:43:00 GMT



Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

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Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:22:00 GMT



Is Identity Theft Affecting Corrections

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Published:  Sun, 13 Jan 2019 16:07:00 GMT



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A couple of days after Christmas, Louette Duvall was chatting with a customer outside her Sacramento, California, eyeglass shop when a security guard asked if she knew that someone was going through h...

Published:  Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:36:00 GMT



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Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:00:00 GMT



Man accused of mail and identity theft indicted on 29 felonies

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Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:59:00 GMT



Tax Identity Theft Lower But Still A Problem

Identity thieves have many ways to steal your money - including fraudulent tax returns. They file a return in your name as early as possible to beat your legitimate return, with fake financial data de...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:33:00 GMT



Identity Theft Webinar

Regardless of whether you are one of the lucky ones who have not been a victim of ID theft, or are part of the unlucky group who have been victims of ID theft, you will want to attend this webinar.

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:23:00 GMT



WBTV Investigates questions why credit freeze didn't help ID theft victim

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Kristi McElfresh knew something was wrong when she started get notifications in the mail from banks she didn't belong to. "This was a huge red flag to me," the Iredell County wo...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:59:00 GMT



Police search for man in identity theft case

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Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:22:00 GMT




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