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Identity Theft in Tennessee

If you live in Tennessee, you might not know that 4,370 people in your state reported being victims of identity theft in a recent 12-month time frame, representing a rate of 69.4 cases for every 100,000 people in the population. You may also be unaware of the disruptive, invasive nature of this type of crime as criminals steal personal information and use it to make expensive purchases, get jobs, rent apartments or get mortgages, or obtain costly medical treatments like hip replacements and cosmetic dental work.

Repairing this invasion of your privacy and security can take considerable amounts of time and money as you work to reestablish your credit rating and your good name.

How can you and other residents of Tennessee protect yourself from ever becoming victims of identity theft? One of the most thorough means of protection is the use of Identity Theft Protection services. These companies keep a close watch over customers' personal information - names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, and other financial accounts - and have the ability to flag any potential unauthorized activity almost instantaneously. This makes it less likely that an identity thief can use your information for days, weeks, or months at a time, leaving you with an expensive mess to sort out.

Naturally, you also have to be smart and protect your information. If you are asked to provide private details over the phone or by email, make sure that it is through a contact you have initiated yourself - and be aware that most companies do not ask you to download files online or to disclose social security numbers or passwords over the phone to "fix a problem". When in doubt, you can always contact those companies directly using trusted contact information (e.g. a customer service number on the back of your credit card, or a URL given on a monthly account statement) to see if there really was an issue.

If you live in Tennessee, you can prevent identity theft and avoid this attack on your reputation and your credit score.


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Identity Theft In The News

You can still fall victim to identity theft with a fraud alert in place

With all the security breaches in the news, you've decided to protect your credit by placing a fraud alert on your account with the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:00 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

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

Cyber criminals abuse US Postal Service Informed Delivery for ID theft

Cyber criminals are abusing the US Postal Service's Informed Delivery for ID theft and credit card fraud. Meanwhile, vulnerabilities were found in Oracle's VirtualBox, WordPress and Adobe ColdFusion s...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:25:00 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

Man arrested for identity theft, fraud

A San Francisco man was arrested for identity theft, fraud and other charges at the U.S. post office in San Bruno Thursday evening after a postal inspector investigation, according to police. At appro...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 03:15:00 GMT

Norwalk man charged with identity theft, other charges

NORWALK - A 24-year-old Norwalk man was charged with identity theft, illegal use of a credit card and other charges Tuesday morning. Police said they received a call Oct. 4 from a person who said cred...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT

Chesterfield man who began stealing 12 days after leaving halfway house gets 15 months for ID theft

ST. LOUIS " A man from Chesterfield who started stealing from a store 12 days after being released from a halfway house on other federal charges was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for ident...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:08:00 GMT

Leading identity theft expert from 'Catch Me If You Can' comes to St. Louis to teach about how to avoid scams and fraud

ST. LOUIS ( - An expert on outsmarting scam artists who has worked with the FBI doing just that for four decades is coming to St. Louis November 8 to help you to spot and avoid scams to prote...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 01:28:00 GMT

Vidor Native shares identity theft story

VIDOR - Brent Smith and his fiancee Candice Kerr have been together for 11 years, and they tell 12news they've had a recurring happen all 11 years. "My fiancee Candice has a warrant out in her name," ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT

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