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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.


Newtown Psychologist Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

NEWTOWN, CT - Authorities tipped off by a former ... Health Insurance Fraud and Identity Theft in the First Degree. The investigation was initiated by a complaint to the state Attorney ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:30:00 GMT

Russian Hacker Pleads Guilty In Connecticut To Global Cyber Crimes

He was extradited in February to Connecticut, where he was indicted after a lengthy ... one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He appeared in Hartford before U.S. District ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:17:00 GMT

Kelihos botnet operator jailed for account theft, ID trading in the Dark Web

Levashov was arrested in Barcelona in 2017, based upon an international arrest warrant issued in Connecticut. Spanish authorities ... one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:28:44 GMT

Buffalo Grove man was part of identity theft ring, Deerfield police say

A routine traffic stop by Deerfield police led to an indictment Aug. 29 of a Buffalo Grove man who is believed to be part of an identity theft ring, according to police and court records. Andrey Vizit...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:52:00 GMT

Glastonbury ID "˜phisher' gets 2 ½ yrs.

the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said. Ojo pleaded guilty June 21 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Authorities say Ojo's conviction ste...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 05:20:00 GMT

Russian hacker behind massive botnet pleads guilty

Washington (AFP) - A Russian hacker who at one time gained control over as many as 100,000 computers globally via botnets he created pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Connecticut court to computer crimes ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:11:00 GMT

Russian man pleads guilty, admits he ran notorious Kelihos botnet

During a hearing in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday ... and one count of aggravated identity theft. The 38-year-old Russian's botnet, which dated back to 2010, spanned ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 01:15:00 GMT

Man Accused of Fixing Shipping Labels to Intercept 'Machine Guns'

WILLINGTON, CT - A 31-year-old Hartford man is accused ... of stealing a firearm and 17 counts each of third-degree identity theft and second-degree forgery, according to a report.

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:30:00 GMT

Russian computer hacker convicted in Connecticut federal probe

Chatigny in Hartford, Levashov pleaded guilty to charges of causing intentional damage to a protected computer, conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The charges ... s special agent in ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 GMT

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