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Many New Mexico residents find it shocking to learn that their state ranks sixth highest in the nation with respect to identity theft, with nearly 2,000 people reporting such crime in an average 12-month period. While that may not seem like many, it represents a rate of 98 cases for every 100,000 people in the state population (in the state with the lowest numbers, South Dakota, that rate is only 29.1 out of every 100,000 residents).
Because identity theft is on the rise, it is recommended that people in New Mexico take steps to prevent this intrusive crime from happening to them. One such strategy that many choose is to use Identity Theft Protection services. These companies keep clients' personal information - birth dates, addresses, social security numbers, and credit and bank account numbers - on 24-hour monitoring systems, so that any unauthorized use of their information is detected almost instantly, preventing the criminals from doing any further damage to their victims. Because identity theft can go unnoticed for long periods of time, these services offer significant peace of mind to customers with their constant protection of their credit and reputation.
Another important step for New Mexico residents is to be careful with devices and online activities. Laptops, smartphones, and other electronics should be password-protected, making it difficult for thieves to access any sensitive information that may be stored there. When using public Wi-Fi, any information sent may not be safe unless the wireless network itself is secure. Also, when choosing passwords both for devices and online accounts, it is recommended that users not use anything that is easy to guess (e.g. words found in a dictionary or names of family members) but rather a combination of letters and numbers that are simple for users to remember.
With the help of Identity Theft Protection services and common-sense safety measures online, most people in New Mexico will never experience the intrusive crime of identity theft.
Identity Theft In The News
A Woodbury man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in July to identity theft and another charge in connection to a scheme in which authorities say he ...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT
Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal ...
Published: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:01:00 GMT
Detectives with The Colony Police Department know that identity theft across the nation is growing and that their city isn't immune to it. They would know. They've seen plenty of cases.
Published: Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:29:00 GMT
Identity theft victims don't necessarily have to be adults. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than ...
Published: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT
The Webster Memorial United Church is set to stage an informative advocacy forum entitled 'Scamming and Identify Theft"¦ Honesty Gone South' at the Half-Way-Tree Road church on Thursday ...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:24:00 GMT
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Published: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:55:00 GMT
Millcreek Township police are asking for the public's help to identify a woman photographed at the Walmart store at 5250 West Ridge Road in Millcreek on Aug. 16. The woman is a suspect in a retail the...
Published: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:00 GMT
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