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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.


Best practices on avoiding credit card identity theft this holiday season

This past year, more than 16 million people in the United States were victims of identity theft or fraud - what the Department ... director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alaba...

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:52:00 GMT

Watch thief grab $3,300 worth of North Face coats from Alabama Outdoors in Homewood; suspect ID sought

The theft happened Thursday, Nov. 15, at Alabama Outdoors at 3054 Independence Drive ... Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is asked to call Sgt. Mote at 205-332-6292.

Published:  Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:21:00 GMT

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

Parents charged with using kids' identity to rack up debt

BATH, N.Y. (AP) - A couple has been charged with identity theft after the man's son applied for a college ... were arrested in Madison County, Alabama and extradited to face fraud charges in New York. ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:08:00 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

Alabama Couple Charged With Identity Theft in Steuben County

Steuben County, N.Y. (WENY)-- An Alabama couple has been arrested following a fraud investigation in Steuben County. Police have charged 44-year-old Thomas Cash and 39-year-old Alisha Cash on multiple ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:42:00 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

Trussville police seek identity of man suspected in bank theft

TRUSSVILLE -Detectives with Trussville Police Department are trying to identify a man suspected of bank theft by forgery ... the Trussville Police Department or Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. You ca...

Published:  Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:53:00 GMT

SOUTH POLICE BLOTTER: Trespasser, 62, found with folding knife in purse

Fraud: A customer purchased a $7,299 gold bracelet from a store in the 6000 block of West Glades Road, using the account information of an Alabama resident. Theft: A man's cellphone ... Broken Sound P...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:14:00 GMT

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