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Identity Theft in Pennsylvania

If you are a Pennsylvanian, you may be discouraged to learn that your state ranks 14th highest in America with respect to identity theft. In one recent 12-month period, nearly 10,000 residents of Pennsylvania reported being victims of this crime, which can destroy credit scores, prevent people from getting a mortgage or renting an apartment, and can even result in false imprisonment for illegal activities conducted by criminals using someone else's identity as an alias.

You may wonder what you can do to make it less likely that you will be personally affected by identity theft. Fortunately, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection services available in Pennsylvania that offer round-the-clock monitoring of your personal information - name, address, birth date, phone number, social security number, and so forth - and rapid detection of any possible unauthorized transactions using your identity. Given that many identity thieves are able to operate unnoticed for long periods of time, you can have greater peace of mind knowing that you will not find out about any such breaches after it is already too late.

Of course, nothing can replace good decision-making to protect your identity. If you are asked to provide your social security number, ask the requester to explain why it is needed, how it will be used, and most importantly, how it will be stored and protected at that location. Shred receipts, bank statements, expired credit cards, medical records, and other such documents rather than placing them in the trash or recycling bin in one piece. Be aware of the many scammers who will impersonate your bank, a trusted business, or even the IRS both on the phone and online, hoping to get you to disclose your account numbers, passwords, or social security number. When in doubt, call that business or agency directly using a trusted phone number or website URL (e.g. one that you find on the back of your credit card or on a monthly statement).


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Identity Theft In The News

Missouri sheriff pleads guilty to wire fraud and identity theft, now must resign

ST. LOUIS " Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges of using people's cellphone numbers to track their whereabouts. Cory Hutcheson, 35, struck a pl...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:33:00 GMT

Visalia police search for credit card fraud, identity theft victims after suspect is arrested

The search is on for more victims after a three-month long investigation led to the arrest of a Visalia woman for credit card fraud and identity theft. 61-year-old Patricia Blackwell was a self ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:28:00 GMT

Get online deals without becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Online shopping is a simple way to get through your holiday gift list, but you'll want to focus more on protecting your personal information than getting the best price. It's t...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:46:00 GMT

Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft

A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. On at least five occasions, Stephanie Par...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:46:00 GMT

Cape Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft

ORLEANS, MA - An investment adviser from Cape Cod admitted to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million in federal court Monday. Kimberly Kitts, 51, pleaded guilty to investment adviser ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:03:00 GMT

SLO County Sheriff looking for 2 identity theft suspects

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of identity theft and has surveillance photos of two female suspects. The two women are believed to have used a stolen credit ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:24:00 GMT

11K Social Security Numbers Not Added by IRS to Identity Theft Protection List

IRS' Return Integrity and Compliance Services (RICS) organization failed to enroll 11,406 Social Security Numbers associated with 15 data breaches into the Dynamic Selection List (DSL) according ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT

Citizen's concern over identity theft triggered charges against Howard register of wills

On the day before voters were deciding to send Howard County Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane back to office for a third term, a Mount Airy woman who supported his challenger filed the complaint tha...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 02:04:00 GMT

Former Mississippi Co. sheriff pleads guilty to fraud, ID theft; agrees to resign

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A former Mississippi County sheriff pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft. Cory Hutcheson, 35, of East Prairie, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and to illegally posse...

Published:  Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:49:00 GMT

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