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Identity Theft in New Hampshire

Identity Theft Protection services are being used more frequently in New Hampshire as residents seek to prevent becoming victims of a nearly 50 billion-dollar industry in the United States. These services keep round-the-clock watch over customers' personal information - social security numbers, credit and bank account numbers, and so forth - and alert clients within a matter of moments when any potentially fraudulent activity is detected. Given that many cases of identity theft go undiscovered for weeks, months, or even years, people in New Hampshire appreciate the peace of mind that comes from knowing that any breach of their privacy will be addressed quickly.

While identity theft numbers are relatively low in New Hampshire - just under 600 cases are reported to the Federal Trade Commission in an average year - it is still important for residents to take precautions against criminals who would love to use their good names and reputations to obtain medical treatment, make expensive retail purchases, or even to file a false tax return and walk away with taxpayers' hard-earned refunds. It may seem obvious, but stopping criminals from getting information in the first place is the easiest way to stop identity theft from ever happening.

Smart strategies include choosing passwords for online accounts that are difficult to guess (e.g. they do not use words found in the dictionary or family members' birth dates); not sharing too much information on social networking sites, thus enabling criminals to guess the answers to "challenge" questions on bank accounts and other sites; safeguarding social security numbers, especially by keeping any documents with the number listed in a safe place at home and by making sure that any business requesting the number will also keep it protected; and removing labels on prescription bottles before they are recycled or tossed in the garbage.

In these ways, most New Hampshire residents can prevent themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft.

 

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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

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



Thousands of children are falling victim to identity theft

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



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

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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




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