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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.


Research shows more Americans are leaving their personal information open to thieves

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - New research from finds 9 in 10 Americans have taken at least one big data security risk in the past year. While the poll shows a majority of people are concern...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:03:00 GMT

Alabama Department of Revenue Partners with IDEMIA Advance Identity Protection Program to Fight State Income Tax Theft

The state of Alabama's taxation agency and a maker of identity theft prevention technology have partnered to help prevent fraud. IDEMIA, which makes Augmented Identity technology, and the Alabama Depa...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:49:00 GMT

Suspect in 2015 ASECU phishing scam sentenced

MONTOMGERY, AL (WSFA)- A man involved in a 2015 phishing scam was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to law officials. Iosif Fl...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:42:00 GMT

3 women wanted in Lanett, AL for theft at Fuller Center Reuse Store

According to police, there were two theft incidents at the Fuller Center Reuse Store. Photos of the suspects have been released. Anyone with information on their identity is asked to contact the Lanet...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:49:00 GMT

Man charged with stealing IDs to forge checks in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tips from the community helped bust a man Huntsville ... Matthew Beavers has been arrested and faces a number of charges, including identity theft, theft of property, theft by ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 14:22:00 GMT

Arizona man sentenced for Alabama text messaging scam

"The messages contained a link to a website that claimed to be that of the Alabama State Employees Credit Union ... He pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. "It is impo...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:52:00 GMT

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