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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.


Doctor-poser pleads guilty, gets 6 years in fraud, ID theft

FAYETTEVILLE - A woman who claimed she was a doctor to scam patients, including some in Northwest Arkansas, was sentenced in Alabama to more than six years in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to charges that included wire fraud and identity theft.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 02:12:00 GMT

Synthetic-identity fraud - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

If you would like to monitor your credit to prevent identity theft and see your credit reports and scores, check out Credit Manager by MoneyTips. As defensive tactics against identity theft increase, criminals are shifting toward a new tactic synthetic ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 07:11:00 GMT

Police reports from May 21

Richard Arrington, 46 of Lanett, was arrested for using false identity to obstruct justice. > Donkorski Brooks, 23 of Valley, was arrested for second degree robbery. > David Crowder, 51 of Lanett, was arrested for first degree theft of property.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 07:48:00 GMT

Man accused of snatching elderly woman's purse at Nashville church now jailed in Alabama

identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards and reckless aggravated assault. He got out of state prison in June 2017. It's unclear how Ostring was captured. He was taken into custody by Scottsboro police in Alabama.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 12:13:00 GMT

FOX10 Shred Event: Helping protect you from identity theft

On Saturday, you'll have another chance to shred important documents to help protect your identity. Our second "Shred Event" of ... University of South Alabama Police said one of their officers was assaulted Wednesday evening. University of South Alabama ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Former Northwest Arkansas resident Gervais sentenced for Alabama scams

Most of the counts against Gervais in the federal indictment happened in Alabama, but a count of identity theft involving a fake Arkansas driver's license was transferred to Alabama and included. As part of the plea deal, Gervais will be barred from ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 02:46:00 GMT

LegalShield Provider Law Firm Attorneys Elected to Group Legal Services Association Board of Directors

He is licensed in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and maintains an active docket ... America's leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft for individuals, families and small businesses. The 45-year-old company has ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:45:00 GMT

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