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Identity Theft in Mississippi

Criminals in Mississippi are hoping that you will give them easy access to your social security number, your birth date, your address, and any other personal information. They hope to use it to get liposuction and knee replacements, to make extravagant purchases using many credit cards, to get a new job using your good reputation, and even to steal your tax refund!

Where do they get this access to your information, making you a victim of identity theft? You may be giving them everything they need with what you do online. Do you give away personal information on social media channels, enough that they can guess the answers to your "challenge" questions on your bank account? Have you clicked on a link in an email supposedly from your credit card company and then entered your account number and password? Even using an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection to conduct sensitive business can make identity theft a part of your life.

These crimes can also happen with information stolen offline. Thieves can steal mail you've left in your curbside mailbox, find names and other details left on prescription bottles you've put in the recycling box, or dig through your trash to find out where you bank and how much money you usually keep on deposit.

Fortunately, Mississippi residents can not only be more careful with the information they make available to others, but they can also use the services offered by Identity Theft Protection companies. Such services include round-the-clock, detailed monitoring of customers' social security numbers, bank accounts, and other information, allowing any unauthorized activities to be noticed and handled quickly. In this way, you can make it less likely that you will be one of the more than 2,000 people in Mississippi who will likely report having been victims of identity theft this year.


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Identity Theft In The News

Less than one in 10 Americans take necessary steps to prevent identity theft

Think of all the ways you could be a victim of a crime. Do you classify any of these methods as inevitable In almost every scenario, it is not even close to inevitability, with one major exception: I...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:11:00 GMT

Identity theft: Don't let your guard down

If you know better, you'll do better, right Well, not always. For instance, in a survey of more than 1,200 people, a majority said they believed that having their identity stolen woul...

Published:  Sat, 23 Feb 2019 07:15:00 GMT

How to use a credit freeze to combat identity theft

Advertiser Disclosure: The credit card offers that appear on the website are from companies from which this site receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on th...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:06:00 GMT

Protect yourself from identity theft

In a recent column, we talked about a number of helpful resources for more information about scams, how to avoid them and what to do if you become a victim. One resource was contact information if you ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:16:00 GMT

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Not a day passes without news of data thefts that put all of us in danger. A recent report says that over 5 billion data records were breached in 2018. You can be pretty certain that mine and ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 07:49:00 GMT

Petersburg fights identity theft in Minnesota

Identity theft is a growing problem across the United States and in Minnesota - a crime that is difficult to detect and hard to rectify. But even as consumers become more alert and protected against t...

Published:  Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:12:00 GMT

Child identity theft on the rise

COLUMBIA - At least 1 million children were impacted by identity theft in the past year. A 2018 study conducted by Javelin found the identity fraud resulted in more than $2.6 billion in total losses, ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:12:00 GMT

Two arrests made in identity theft case

Auburn Police Detectives have arrested 27-year-old Nathan Gibson on Feb. 14 on charges of stealing an elderly man's wallet out of his car. The car had been parked in the victim's garage on Rosemary Dr...

Published:  Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:03:00 GMT

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