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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
BROOKFIELD - Brookfield police are asking for your help to identify a theft suspect. Officials said in Wisconsin Crime Alert Network post the suspect entered the Burlington store on Dec. 8.
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:00:00 GMT
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -The Shelby County Sheriff's Office needs your help. Investigators say this man is a suspected identity thief. They believe the man secured multiple credit cards with a victim ...
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:43:00 GMT
BATON ROUGE - An illegal immigrant living in Hammond has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and identity theft. Attorney General Jeff Landry's office arrested ...
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:56:00 GMT
Although pundits predict that online shopping is stealing a march on in-store buying, and use technology to spend more of their cash, cyber security fears still abound. Louisville and the Future of th...
Published: Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:06:00 GMT
Last year's massive data breach at Equifax highlighted the importance for consumers to take steps to protect their personal data. )) Read more trending news With holiday shopping in full swing, consum...
Published: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 17:03:00 GMT
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and in...
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:32:00 GMT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It's the season for package larceny and identity theft, unfortunately, but a local expert has a few suggestions you might not have considered. Mark Medley, of ID Theft Resolutions ...
Published: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:45:00 GMT
He blamed that incident on employee neglect. As for this latest incident, Dorris is charged with stealing someone's identity, forgery, and theft. He's due in court tomorrow.
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 19:37:00 GMT
Thieves are aggressively shopping this holiday season -- for your personal information. They'll try to steal it any number of ways from email "phishing" to phone calls. That's why you need to be extra ...
Published: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:19:00 GMT
Clark County sheriff's deputies are asking for help in identifying multiple theft suspects wanted in two separate incidents. The most recent theft happened Wednesday, when two suspects stole items fro...
Published: Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:20:00 GMT
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