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Identity Theft in North Carolina

Identity theft is a big business in the United States, to the tune of $50 billion in damages in a typical 12-month timeframe. Criminals use stolen personal information in a number of ways, such as filing fraudulent tax returns and walking away with taxpayers' refunds, which is only discovered when those taxpayers go to file their legitimate returns and learn that one was already entered for that year; obtaining health care, often for expensive procedures like liposuction and joint replacement surgery; getting employment using someone else's good name and records; opening multiple lines of credit to make extravagant retail purchases or buy new cars; or even to give an alias to authorities in the event of the criminals' arrest!

In North Carolina, more than 6,700 cases of identity theft were reported to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent year, representing a rate of 72.5 for every 100,000 in the state's population. Fortunately, there are ways for people to protect themselves against this intrusive, disruptive crime.

One strategy gaining popularity in North Carolina is to use paid Identity Theft Protection services. For a reasonable price, customers can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their personal information - name, birth date, social security number, and more - is being tracked around the clock, so that any attempts to use their identity fraudulently will be detected immediately. Given that many instances of identity theft go unnoticed for days, weeks, or months, this instant notification and response save customers both time and heartache.

Of course, nothing replaces wise personal decision-making when it comes to safeguarding one's identity in North Carolina. Simple things like destroying labels on prescription medication bottles before recycling or putting them in the trash, keeping social security cards at home instead of in wallets or purses, and making passwords on devices and online accounts difficult to guess can help the average person to be less likely to experience identity theft.


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Identity Theft In The News

Sue Lani Madsen: HIPAA Identity Theft - Sort Of

If you're still waiting for your prescription refill authorization or a call back for a physician referral, it might have stalled on my mother's kitchen table. The problem started over a year ago. At ...

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

Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft by Freezing Their Credit

If you've taken steps to protect yourself from identity theft, good on you. But if you're a parent, you're not done yet-your kid could very well end up as a victim. More than 1 million children in the ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:36:00 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

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

Man charged with Oak Park identity theft pleads in Macomb County cases

A Washington Township man who posed as a residential builder has pleaded guilty or no contest in several criminal cases for defrauding people out of thousands of dollars. James M. Ciarmataro, 31, plea...

Published:  Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:23:00 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

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

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