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Identity Theft in Virginia

Were you one of the more than five thousand Virginians victimized by identity theft in a recent 12-month period? If so, you know all too well the damaged caused by this type of crime. Victims of identity theft often experience extreme stress and difficulty as they work to recover their stolen funds, credit ratings, and good reputations; the process can take many months or even years to erase the effects of this intrusion.

Criminals in Virginia are targeting residents hoping to steal their social security numbers, birth dates, and other identifying information; these details are used to get pricey medical treatment, like cosmetic surgery and joint replacements; to obtain employment in spite of criminal convictions, by using a stranger's clean record; to open lines of credit to make expensive purchases; and also to file fraudulent tax returns, walking away with the refunds so desperately needed by taxpayers.

If you are fortunate enough not to have experienced identity theft, do you how to protect yourself from becoming a victim? Many Virginia residents are turning to Identity Theft Protection services to safeguard their personal information. For a low fee, these companies watch customers' social security numbers, accounts, and other details around-the clock, flagging any suspicious activity immediately and blocking any other attempts. Customers also have knowledgeable help on hand should any breach occur, recovering their identities in a matter of days rather than months or years.

It is also critical that you protect yourself by securing your personal details. If you are in the habit of sharing private information on Facebook or other social media sites, you may be giving criminals the information they need to bypass your passwords and access your accounts by giving correct answers to "challenge" questions. Online and offline, "less is more" - unless you absolutely must, don't disclose your identifying information (e.g .social security number, birth date, address) to anyone.

With the help of Identity Theft Protection services and by making smart decisions with your private information, you can protect yourself against identity theft in Virginia.

 

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Identity Theft In The News

Identity theft: Banking has changed, criminals haven't - here's how to protect your money

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Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:06:00 GMT



To Catch A Thief - Lessons We Can All Learn From Demi Moore's Identity Theft Drama

The recent film Ocean's 8 is the story of a group of thieves that steal a priceless necklace from a famous movie actress, in plain sight. A series of cons are pulled off that enable the heist to occur ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT



Suspects wanted for identity theft and stealing two vehicles

BULLHEAD CITY - Local law enforcement agencies are searching for suspects wanted for identity theft and stealing two vehicles from a local car dealership. The two vehicles were fraudulently purchased ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:03:00 GMT



Your identity was stolen. Now what do you do

ORLANDO, Fla. - If you suspect you're a victim of identity theft or your personal documents were stolen, taking these steps will help you recover and prevent your identity from being used fraudulently ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:46:00 GMT



MHA to host internet safety, identity theft protection workshop

UTICA - The Utica Municipal Housing Authority will sponsor a workshop on identity theft protection and internet safety at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Utica Public Library. The event is free and open to the ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 06:22:00 GMT



Shred-a-thon helps food bank and in preventing identity theft

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) --There was a shred-a-thon at SunSouth bank on Friday. They partnered with the Wiregrass Rehab Center to offer a safe way to get rid of residents sensitive documents. They were als...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:57:00 GMT



Peekskill man arrested for identity theft

YORKTOWN - A Peekskill man is charged with identity theft and possession of a forged instrument, both as felonies, in connection with a case involving a Florida resident. Yorktown Police were alerted ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:32:00 GMT



Can An Identity Thief Change Your Home Address

Like any form of identity theft, the key is to notice changes and act on them. The UPS case clearly shows that you can't count on mail carriers or other parties to spot oddities for you. If no one at ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 02:49:00 GMT




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