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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.


Alleged internet predator misses AL hearing, on the run

Iosif Florea is indicted on four counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court - but he didn't show. The judge issued a bench warrant f...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:37:00 GMT

Woman wanted for identity theft in Elmore County

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office is looking for an identity theft suspect. The sheriff's office released ... possibly a Nissan Versa with an Alabama Wildlife tag "B1SKT."

Published:  Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:58:00 GMT

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 t...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:32:00 GMT

Valley police seeks help in identifying vehicle break-in, theft suspect

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Valley ... Our award-winning team of journalists is at its best in covering news in East Alabama. For a limited time, ...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:29:00 GMT

2 arrested; Believed to be connected with south AL church burglaries

Iosif Florea is indicted on four counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court - but he didn't show. The judge issued a bench warrant f...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 20:51:00 GMT

Florida seeks death penalty against woman accused of killing "ślookalike' for identity

Florida prosecutors have announced that they will seek the death penalty for a Minnesota fugitive who investigators believe killed a woman to assume her identity this spring ... She is also charged wi...

Published:  Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:59:00 GMT

Premier from Khan al-Ahmar: World should put a stop to Israeli war crimes

KHAN AL-AHMAR, July 14, 2018 (WAFA ... "After all these decades of dispersion, theft of land and resources, and settlement expansion, we are in dire need to see the United Nations resolutions implemen...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:45:00 GMT

More than 1 million children were victims of ID theft last year

We think of identity theft as an "adult" problem ... odds are there were far more than a million victims last year," said Al Pascual, Javelin's senior vice president for research. Minors are "an extre...

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:32:00 GMT

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