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Identity Theft in Connecticut

Connecticut MapAny $50 billion industry would be considered as big business. Sadly, that's how much fraudulent activity occurs each year as a result of identity theft. In a typical year, more than 2,682 Connecticut residents report being victims of identity theft. That may not sound like a lot, but the state ranks 16th highest in the nation, with an average of 76.2 victims per 100,000 individuals in the population.

Identity theft prevention specialists suggest several actions that Connecticut residents can take to protect themselves from having their data stolen. First, don't carry your social security card or any other document bearing your SSN with you on a frequent basis. Next, only disclose your social security number when absolutely necessary, not just because a business asks you to provide it. Also, check your credit report annually to ensure there are no unrecognized, open lines of credit. Last, don't give out personal information on the phone unless it is a call you made or you are completely sure of the identity of the person calling; a new scam in the news reports callers pretending to be representatives of the IRS who want to steal personal information from whomever answers the phone.

There are many ways in which data thieves can take your personal information. They can look through garbage to find bills and credit statements that you haven't shredded; they can use skimmers or dishonest cashiers to steal credit and debit card numbers when you use your card; they can "phish" your email and steal your data while posing as trusted businesses. It would appear that new ways to abuse your personal information are on the nightly news almost daily.

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.


Mother and daughter fired from Holyoke Soldiers' Home in wake of theft charges in Connecticut

HOLYOKE -- A mother and daughter accused of identity theft from two elderly women in Connecticut were fired last week from their jobs at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, officials said Tuesday. Farmington ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:28:00 GMT

Woman charged with forgery, ID theft

Roberta Leach, 58, of Buckridge Road, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, and first-degree forgery.

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:39:00 GMT

After 340M records exposed, stiffer laws near for credit industry

Malloy signed into law a bill that takes effect in October, which doubles to two years the window under which businesses suffering data breaches must provide services to help consumers mitigate the th...

Published:  Sat, 07 Jul 2018 21:47:00 GMT

President under fire from Connecticut senators for alleged lack of action against Russia

Connecticut Democrats blast Trump's meeting with Putin ... should be alerted and warned so they can take precautions against identity theft," said Sen. Blumenthal. The indictment claims that the cyber ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:44:00 GMT

Breaches Abound: 3 Factors That Increase Identity Theft Risk

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for ...

Published:  Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:21:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

SC Any elements that when not combined with a name would be sufficient to permit a person to commit identity theft OR (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, D.C., DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

'Big Brother 20': Second Evictee Talks Early Exit, Not Winning a "Power App"

The Connecticut native was a standout in the house ... Knowing the titles of the power apps - the Re-Draw, the Bonus Life, the Upgrade, the Cloud and Identity Theft - which one would you have picked i...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:43:00 GMT

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