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Identity Theft in New York

Criminals are targeting New Yorkers for identity theft, with almost 19,000 residents reporting this violation of their privacy and security to the Federal Trade Commission every year. These thieves use stolen social security numbers, credit cards, and other personal data to get jobs, to obtain medical care and expensive cosmetic procedures, to take out payday loans in several states at once, and even as aliases during their criminal activities.

Identity theft can cost its victims dearly in terms of time and money, as proving that purchases made and accounts opened were done so fraudulently can be difficult at best; sadly, some individuals have also experienced false imprisonment for crimes committed in their names.

How can New York residents prevent becoming victims of identity theft? The best approach is to make sure that personal information is never taken in the first place. One prime piece of information is social security numbers, so it is best to leave any documents bearing SSNs (including the cards themselves) in a safe place at home rather than carrying it in a purse or wallet. While many businesses will request SSNs on their forms, New Yorkers should first ask why it is being requested, how it will be used, and most importantly, how it will be safeguarded by the business itself.

Another useful tactic is to make use of Identity Theft Protection services. These companies give customers peace of mind by monitoring their social security numbers, credit cards and bank accounts, and other personal information around the clock. Any potentially criminal, unauthorized activity is flagged immediately and blocked from happening again, preventing customers from being victimized over a long period of time without even realizing it.

While identity theft is a frightening prospect, the average New Yorker can protect him- or herself from being victimized with the help of both paid services and wise decision-making with respect to their personal information.


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Identity Theft In The News

Sue Lani Madsen: HIPAA Identity Theft - Sort Of

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Published:  Sat, 21 Jul 2018 05:27:00 GMT

Can You Survive Identity Theft

Common sense is the best defense against identity theft - creating strong passwords for online accounts and monitoring personal credit reports and credit card statements are good, basic steps to take ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT

Aging Well: Protecting seniors from identity theft

Are the seniors in your life as protected as they can be from threats of identity theft Credit experts often recommend a credit freeze, also called a security freeze, as a way to protect personal inf...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:28:00 GMT

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

A former bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. John Kevin Vann, 57, pleaded to a char...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:56:00 GMT

Teacher in identity theft case sentenced to 48 hours in jail, two years probation

KNOX COUNTY - Ashley Wright, a Knox County Schools teacher who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges and stealing thousands of dollars from friends, family, and other Knox County Schools teachers, ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:19:00 GMT

Identity theft: Banking has changed, criminals haven't - here's how to protect your money

Identity theft: Banking has changed, criminals haven't - here's how to protect your money In 2008, identity theft was the top complaint logged by the Federal Trade Commission. Today, the number of com...

Published:  Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:04:00 GMT

She used her DMV computer and stolen mail to commit ID theft. Now she'll do prison time

A clerk inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles who was accused of using her computer access to commit bank fraud and identity theft was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento to three ye...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:11:00 GMT

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