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Identity Theft in South Carolina

Were you aware that more than three thousand cases of identity theft were reported in South Carolina in a recent 12-month period? Such crimes are becoming more prevalent as thieves use the good names and credit ratings of unsuspecting victims; some of their favorite uses of stolen information are expensive retail purchases, medical procedures and surgeries, payday loans taken out in multiple states at the same time, and new vehicle purchases.

Even the IRS is reporting an increase in tax-related identity theft. Scammers use social security numbers and other details to file fraudulent tax returns; when honest taxpayers go to file their legitimate returns, they discover that another return was already submitted using their information, and the refund was sent to the identity thieves.

If you suspect you have been the victim of identity theft, it is highly recommended that you file reports with both your local police department in South Carolina and the Federal Trade Commission, and also with the IRS if your case involves federal tax fraud.

You can protect yourself from identity theft in South Carolina with the help of Identity Theft Protection services. For a reasonable price, your personal information is watched around the clock and any suspected fraudulent activity is detected and flagged immediately. Because many cases of identity theft go unnoticed until the damage has already been done, these services offer significant peace of mind.

Also, you can ensure that your personal details are safe in your habits online and offline. Don't give so much information on social networking sites that criminals can guess the "challenge" questions needed to access your accounts without a password. Watch for impersonators of trusted businesses who hope to get you to download a file in your email to "fix" your account; contact those businesses directly using customer service numbers you know and trust (i.e. that are listed on your credit card or account statements). Finally, keep your social security card and other important identity-bearing documents in a safe place in your home.

In these ways, you can make it much less likely that you will become a victim of identity theft in South Carolina.


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Identity Theft In The News

Woodbury Man Sentenced for Identity Theft

A Woodbury man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in July to identity theft and another charge in connection to a scheme in which authorities say he ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT

How to avoid identity theft

Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:01:00 GMT

Cops to discuss identity theft in The Colony

Detectives with The Colony Police Department know that identity theft across the nation is growing and that their city isn't immune to it. They would know. They've seen plenty of cases.

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 04:29:00 GMT

Protect your child from identity theft

Identity theft victims don't necessarily have to be adults. According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, children are 51 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:50:00 GMT

'Scamming and identity theft" honesty gone south'

The Webster Memorial United Church is set to stage an informative advocacy forum entitled 'Scamming and Identify Theft" Honesty Gone South' at the Half-Way-Tree Road church on Thursday ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:24:00 GMT

Shark Shredding Raises Awareness of ID Theft at Local Shred Events

This post was contributed by a community member. Every two seconds someone's identity is stolen. Shark Shredding has had the honor to be chosen as the local shredding company for many ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:55:00 GMT

Millcreek police ask for help to ID theft suspect

Millcreek Township police are asking for the public's help to identify a woman photographed at the Walmart store at 5250 West Ridge Road in Millcreek on Aug. 16. The woman is a suspect in a retail the...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:00:00 GMT

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