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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

Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer data breaches are nothing new. In 2018, alone, cybercriminals compromised the information of customers at Sears, Macy's, Kmart, Delta and Best ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:00:00 GMT

IRS Identity Theft Criminal ProsecutionsPlummet By More Than Half In A Year

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Personal Finance I cover financial regulatory issue, cybersecurity, fintech & bitcoin. IRS criminal prosecutions for identity theft have plumme...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 08:27:00 GMT

Accused burglar now facing identity theft charges

BARRE - A Granite City man facing multiple burglary charges is now accused of identity theft. Sean Allan Stearns, 40, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to eight ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:38:00 GMT

Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:27:00 GMT

Wanted Wednesday: Bench warrant issued for woman accused of identity theft, forgery

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In this week's Wanted Wednesday segment, Honolulu police are asking the public for help in locating Sheri Shimizu, who is wanted for a $20,000 bench warrant. According to Ho...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:42:00 GMT

4 tips for preventing identity theft during the holidays

Some people love taking what doesn't belong to them. During the holidays this year, be extra careful to make sure that you're keeping your finances safe from shady individuals. Here are four tips for ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:45:00 GMT

Parents charged with using kids' identity to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) - A couple has been charged with identity theft after the man's son applied for a college loan and discovered his credit rating had been ruined by unpaid utility bills and credit card ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:08:00 GMT

Lampasas police charged two men with multiple felonies involving ID and credit card theft

LAMPASAS, Texas - The Lampasas Police department said it arrested two men for multiple felony charges involving identity theft and possessing a credit card skimmer. The men had warrants for arrests on ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:30:00 GMT

DBS' New-Age Insurance Protects You From Cyber Bullying And Online Identity Theft - Plans Start From $6/Mth

DBS announced today (15 November) that it's partnering the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Media Literacy Council (MLC), Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Chubb to take on cyber bu...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:41:59 GMT

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