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If you live in New Jersey, your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft are high: In a typical year, nearly 7,400 state residents will report such crime to the Federal Trade Commission, representing a rate of 84.5 cases for every 100,000 people in the population.
If you have ever experienced identity theft, you know firsthand the devastation that can occur with savings and checking accounts drained, false tax returns filed by criminals who walked away with your refund, and failed credit checks due to someone else's use of your social security number to rack up huge amounts of debt. Hopefully, you have not been one of the handful of people each year who face jail time when they are convicted of crimes committed by another person who used stolen information as an alias.
What is available to you as a New Jersey resident that can help protect you from identity theft? Many people are choosing to use Identity Theft Protection services, which keep a close watch on customers' data - bank and credit card accounts, social security numbers, and so forth - so that any suspicious transactions or other activity can be detected and stopped quickly, before the thieves have the opportunity to further abuse their victims' reputations and credit ratings. These services are well worth the cost, as repairing the effects of identity theft can be expensive in both money and time.
It is also important for you to be in charge of protecting your information, particularly online. If you receive an email that looks like it comes from a business you trust - maybe a bank or a credit card company - and that has an attachment that you are asked to download in order to fix a problem on your account, it is better to contact the company directly via their website or using the customer service number given on your card or account statement. These emails are often "phishing" for your information, as most companies do not ask customers to download anything directly from an email.
Identity Theft In The News
A Queens man's long-running identity theft scam was exposed after he ran a red light, fled a traffic stop - and dragged a city cop for two blocks before wrecking his car. Joel Burnett, 40, faces a 13 ...
Published: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:21:00 GMT
WASHINGTON - Undocumented immigrants who use false Social Security numbers to get jobs would be easier to prosecute under a case the Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday. The justices will hear Kansas' ...
Published: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:03:00 GMT
Well before some children take their first math class or even learn how to count, they have become victims of identity theft. Javelin Strategy Research says more than one million children were ...
Published: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:57:00 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could make it more difficult for states to prosecute identity theft and other crimes. The high court agreed Monday to take a case ...
Published: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:09:00 GMT
But the more you know, the better you can protect yourself. We conducted an exclusive MoneyTips Google survey in 2018 to see how much people knew about identity theft and the credit bureaus. Do you ...
Published: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:19:00 GMT
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Police arrested a New Haven woman suspected of committing identity theft to patients at a disorder treatment center in North Haven. North Haven police arrested Kimberly ...
Published: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:02:00 GMT
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