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Identity Theft in Alabama

Alabama MapA $50 billion industry is big business. Unfortunately, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In an average year, more than 3,500 Alabama residents report being victims of identity theft.

There are a variety of ways in which data thieves can steal your personal information. They can sift through trash to find bills and credit statements; they can steal credit and debit card numbers when your card is used; they can "phish" your email and retrieve your data while posing as legitimate businesses. It seems that new ways to abuse your personal information emerge every day.

Once they have your data, it doesn't take long for them to wreak havoc. For example, they can drain your bank and checking accounts. Or, they can open new loans for cars and other big ticket items. They can even charge your accounts for vacations, home furnishings, and surgical procedures such as liposuction and plastic surgery. And after you realize you're a victim, it can take months or even years to straighten out the mess. While no one can guarantee that your personal information will never be stolen, Identity Theft Protection services work to make sure that this information cannot be used to hurt you, particularly with respect to your credit score.

Identity theft prevention experts recommend a number of steps that Alabama residents can take to better protect themselves from having their identity stolen. First, don't make a habit of carrying your social security card or any other document bearing your SSN. Second, only disclose your SSN when absolutely required, not just because a business asks for it. Third, check your credit report every year to make sure there are no open lines of credit that you don't recognize. Finally, don't give out personal information over the phone unless it is a call you initiated or you are absolutely sure of the identity of the person calling; a recent scam involves callers pretending to be from the IRS in order to gain personal information from the person who answers the phone.

 

Identity Theft Is Growing Among Young Children

The second ("familiar identity theft" ) is shockingly easy: The thief-usually a family member-just steals the child's personal information. Good sources on this angle include: Al Pascual at Javelin, Me...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:24:00 GMT



4 arrested in prison money card, insurance fraud scheme

were arrested on felony charges ranging from identity theft and theft of property to insurance fraud. There is an outstanding warrant for Kimeya Pringle, 27, of Montgomery for first degree theft of pr...

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:32:00 GMT



Inmate, others charged in prison fraud scheme in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Corrections announced the charges ... State inmate Trederris Cowan was charged with theft, identity theft and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. It was not clear from cour...

Published:  Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:26:00 GMT



Huntsville Hospital vendor reports data breach

we are offering identity theft protection to those job applicants whose Social Security Number may have been compromised. The hospital no longer uses the services of Jobscience." 1414 North Memorial P...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:00:00 GMT



Now accused of raping a 79-year-old in Alabama, 3-time sex offender asks for castration

A three-time sex offender, who is now accused of raping a 79-year-old Huntsville woman, has asked an Alabama judge to order he be castrated ... Tim Douthit said Bunyard misled the woman about his iden...

Published:  Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:58:00 GMT



Wanna-be Waffle House thief falls through ceiling, gets away

Authorities say an Alabama man fell through the ceiling of a Waffle House restaurant during an apparent theft attempt while customers were ... says the man had removed his pants, but left his ID in hi...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:04:00 GMT



Meet candidates in Tuesday's 2018 Jefferson County/Alabama midterms

Hale fought to strengthen and change state law to a felony crime when Convicted Sex Offenders violate the State Registry Laws giving Alabama the strongest law in the country in relation to convicted s...

Published:  Wed, 31 Oct 2018 17:52:00 GMT



How to be a Grandma Identity Thief Murderer

When the body was found, police said her ID, credit cards, cash, and car was gone ... detective believe that Lois left Florida and traveled through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. She was ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:11:00 GMT



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