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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.
Identity Theft In The News
An Allen teacher lost nearly $50,000 last month after a scammer told her that her identity had been stolen. Leslie Wilbanks, a math and physical education teacher at Curtis Middle School in Allen, was ...
Published: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:26:00 GMT
With the widespread use of the internet, identity theft has become much more common. The number of identity theft reports shot up from about 86,000 in 2001 to a peak of 490,000 reports in 2015 ...
Published: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:22:00 GMT
A Chicago man has been sentenced to five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to felony forgery and identity theft charges for using a Nashville man's identity last year to try and buy a new ...
Published: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT
The agency is updating identity verification controls for its suite of web applications, but the effort won't be wrapped up until 2023. The IRS is nearly a year behind on rolling out online security ...
Published: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:00:00 GMT
A 31-year-old Springfield woman is facing more than 40 charges of identity theft, theft and forgery, after an alleged six-week crime spree involving bad checks and more than $30,000. Crystal Nichole ...
Published: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:16:00 GMT
WiseGuyReports.com adds "Identity Theft Protection Services Market 2019 Global Analysis, Growth, Trends and Opportunities Research Report Forecasting to 2024" reports to its database. Global Identity ...
Published: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:43:00 GMT
1 - If your LifeLock plan includes credit reports, scores, and/or credit monitoring features ("Credit Features"), two requirements must be met to receive said features: (i) your identity must be successfully verified with Equifax; and (ii) Equifax must be able to locate your credit file and it must contain sufficient credit history information. IF EITHER OF THE FOREGOING REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT MET YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FEATURES FROM ANY BUREAU. If your plan also includes Credit Features from Experian and/or TransUnion, the above verification process must also be successfully completed with Experian and/or TransUnion, as applicable. If verification is successfully completed with Equifax, but not with Experian and/or TransUnion, as applicable, you will not receive Credit Features from such bureau(s) until the verification process is successfully completed and until then you will only receive Credit Features from Equifax. Any credit monitoring from Experian and TransUnion will take several days to begin after your successful LifeLock plan enrollment.
No one can prevent all identity theft.
- LifeLock does not monitor all transactions at all businesses.
- Phone alerts made during normal local business hours.
- Reimbursement and Expense Compensation, each with limits of up to $25,000 for Standard, up to $100,000 for Advantage and up to $1 million for Ultimate Plus. And up to $1 million for coverage for lawyers and experts if needed, for all plans. Benefits provided by Master Policy issued by United Specialty Insurance Company (State National Insurance Company, Inc. for NY State members). Policy terms, conditions and exclusions at: LifeLock.com/legal.
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