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Identity Theft in Rhode Island

At a rate of 63.8 cases for every 100,000 people in the state's population, Rhode Island ranks 33rd in America with respect to identity theft. While this may sound positive, especially compared with other places in the nation, for the nearly 700 Rhode Islanders victimized by identity theft in an average year, it is a crime that can have expensive, long-lasting impact on nearly every aspect of one's life.

Criminals steal personal information such as names, account numbers, and social security numbers and use them to file fake tax returns, robbing taxpayers of much-anticipated refunds; to get medical treatments from hip replacements to expensive dental work; to obtain employment despite criminal convictions, by using someone else's good name; and even to provide aliases to the police when arrested. In the latter case, some individuals in Rhode Island have even faced false imprisonment for crimes committed using their identities.

How can Rhode Islanders protect themselves against identity crime? The main way is by securing their personal information, online and offline. While most people are familiar with "phishing" scams that try to steal account numbers and other information by sending emails posing as a recognized company, it seems that new methods for theft are appearing almost daily in the news. If something seems suspicious, like a bank or other company sending an email with a file to download to "fix" a problem, it is always best to contact the supposed sender directly using trusted contact information (e.g. a phone number on the back of a credit card or monthly statement). Keep social security numbers in a safe place, not carried regularly in a wallet or purse, and ask anyone that requests it - like a doctor's office or a service provider - if it is absolutely required for their services.

Finally, many residents of Rhode Island can benefit from the Identity Theft Protection services available in the state, which offer 24-hour monitoring of personal information at reasonable prices.


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Identity Theft In The News

Adams County serial squatter gets five years in prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft

A serial squatter - a person who fraudulently leases properties and fails to pay the rent, eventually being evicted before moving on to the next property and victim - was sentenced Tuesday in Adams Co...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:43:00 GMT

ID Experts® Releases New Features to Better Protect its Members from Financial Identity Theft and Fraud

Features include on the go credit file lock and unlock with the click of a button and real time alerts for credit inquiries PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts, the leading ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:08:00 GMT

Identity Theft Is Growing Among Young Children

Identity theft among children under 17 is growing. In 2017, more than one million children were victims of identity theft or fraud, a recent 2018 report from Javelin Strategy & Research found. Most vi...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:24:00 GMT

Westfield Police need help to ID men involved in heavy equipment theft

WESTFIELD - Police are asking for help to identify two men who are believed to have been involved in the theft of a piece of heavy equipment. The men, who were recorded on a video camera at a business ...

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

Waratek Executive Joins Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Board of Directors

DUBLIN and ATLANTA, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Waratek, the compiler-based application security company, announced today that its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, James E. Lee, ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT

From a Day to a Year, Handling the Results of Identity Theft Can Cause Emotional and Financial Trouble, Says FEBC

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 12, 2018 ( - Identity theft is a serious problem, one that has affected seven percent of Americans 16 and older. Some damage is more severe, some less, but it' ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:23:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

In all seriousness, identity theft isn't some fantastic conspiracy out of a high-stakes caper film. It's a common, everyday phenomenon, and hundreds of millions of dollars are lost each year as a resu...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

"˜Cam' Trailer: Netflix's Dopplegí¤nger Thriller Tackles Sex Work and Online Identity in Style

It's one hell of a clever spin on the genre that will take your identity theft paranoia to the next level. You can read my full review here and watch the trailer below. Here's the official ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:42:00 GMT

Identity Theft/Forgery/False Identification/Burglary Apprehended

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, San Bruno Police Officers responded to the United States Post Office, located at 1300 Huntington Avenue in San Bruno regarding a mail theft ...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 10:35:00 GMT

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