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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.
Identity Theft In The News
FAYETTEVILLE - A woman who claimed she was a doctor to scam patients, including some in Northwest Arkansas, was sentenced in Alabama to more than six years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that included wire fraud and identity theft.
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT
We tested Alexa, Siri and Google Home to see which digital assistant knows most about the Royal Wedding. USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO - A funny as Lord Carpenter Rover of Sunnyside might sound, please don't reply to a Facebook prompt asking you to create ...
Published: Thu, 17 May 2018 16:24:00 GMT
LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN. ABOUT 1 TO 3 MILLION CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY CHILDHOOD IDENTITY THEFT. 50% ARE YOUNGER THAN SIX YEARS OLD ACCORDING TO TO ROBERT CHAPELL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND AUTHOR OF CHILD IDENTITY THEFT WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW.
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:22:00 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
CORTLANDT - State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Noralisa Diaz, 30, of Brooklyn, for Identity Theft and Grand Larceny, both as felonies. In January, victims had a fraudulent withdrawal of $8,000 from personal bank accounts. Investigation ...
Published: Sun, 20 May 2018 02:38:00 GMT
Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a pair of shoplifters. On May 15, a theft occurred at Jumbo Food, 2311 W. Willow. The reporting party said on May 15 a man and woman entered the store and took two 5-pound packages of meat ...
Published: Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 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
FOX10 News is committed to our community. On Saturday, you'll have another chance to shred important documents to help protect your identity. Our second "Shred Event" of the year kicks off at 8 a.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium and lasts until noon. We had such ...
Published: Fri, 18 May 2018 13:49:00 GMT
I love telling stories"¦ just not my own. But when I became a victim of identity theft, my boss asked me to document the experience. I envisioned some boring video of me making phone calls (and there was plenty of that) but honestly, I had no idea what I ...
Published: Sat, 19 May 2018 15:34:00 GMT
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