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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.


Crooks create second wave of hurricane devastation

Borg, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and director of the Alabama Securities Commission ... aiming to get personal information to perpetrate identity thef...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:56:00 GMT

Synthetic identity theft

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - As hard as we work as parents to protect our ... and potentially ruin your child's future before it ever gets started - synthetic ID theft. "Children's Social Security Numbers ...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:40:00 GMT

Police Reports Sept. 18

3:20 a.m.: Michael Lashawn Taylor Jr., 26, of the 1200 block of Maple Lane, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of identity theft. An officer stopped a ... a warrant for his arrest from Clarke County ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:38:00 GMT

The Benefits of Medical Advances

while protecting beneficiaries from identity theft as well as new affordable health care insurance options available in twenty four states. Millions of people on Medicare living in Alabama, Florida, G...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:56:00 GMT

How a Ukrainian Hairdresser Became a Front for Paul Manafort

Sometimes the directors are lawyers or victims of identity theft, she said. But usually "it's people ... In that case, first reported by Al Jazeera, Ukrainian prosecutors said that an oligarch who has ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 08:15:00 GMT

Suspect Sought By VHPD For Questioning In Theft Case

AL - The Vestavia Hills Police Department is trying to identify a man they say may have stolen a victim's ID and mail. Police have video of the suspect and photos. VHPD said the theft occurred in ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 06:51:00 GMT

What Constitutes Negligence in Company Data Breaches

Collins, et al. v. Athens Orthopedic Clinic was initiated in January ... exposing them to the threat of identity theft and other harm. While all three plaintiffs alleged they spent time and money plac...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:42:00 GMT

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