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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.
Identity Theft In The News
The investigation above aired in 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill over the weekend allowing parents or guardians the ability to place a credit security freeze on their child's name to protect them from possible financial identity theft. Rep.
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 11:20:00 GMT
A Stephens City man who used hospital patients' names on checks and credit cards for $26,182 worth of identity theft will spend up to two years in federal prison. Ajarhi Savimi Roberts was sentenced Monday in a plea bargain U.S. District Court in ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 19:21:00 GMT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 09:34:00 GMT
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Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 03:43:00 GMT
ONTONAGON - Faced with identity theft and no legal protection, Bob and JoAnn Hartle took matters into their own hands. The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Stephens City, Va., man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison for bank fraud stemming from the thefts of hospital patients' information about two years ago at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, U.S ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 17:03:00 GMT
Police are hoping to identify a man caught on surveillance video committing theft at more than 30 Target stores throughout three Southern California counties, authorities said Monday. The man is accused of stealing approximately $25,000 worth of ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 23:16:00 GMT
If you use Facebook, you're probably no stranger to personality quizzes and text-based prompts littering your News Feed. For some, they're fun. For others, they're annoying. But, at least in one recent case, they can also increase your risk of ...
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 14:24:00 GMT
MARICOPA - Maricopa Police officer Ricardo Alvarado has a case that's stumped him for 12 years. An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make ...
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT
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