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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.


Consumer Alert: Medical identity theft

New Jersey residents filed 94 medical identify theft complaints in 2017, the fifth most in the country. New York was tied for sixth with 93 complaints, and Connecticut ranked 15th with 29 medical identity theft complaints. Experts say that there are a few ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 13:11:00 GMT

Business Notes for May 25

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Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 14:10:00 GMT

Connecticut Detective Focuses On Large-Scale Financial Crimes Against Elders

Seniors lose billions of dollars a year to financial fraud, ranging from mass mailings and threatening robocalls, to telemarketing and identity theft. Experts around the country, including Connecticut, are focused on combating the problem. This year the ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:01:00 GMT

Conference held, aimed to help prevent scams targeting senior citizens

WEST HAVEN - Senior adults are frequently the targets of scams, identity theft and financial abuse ... More than one third of Connecticut's population already is over 50. Between 2010 and 2040, Connecticut's population of people age 65 and older ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 08:14:00 GMT

Second person charged in 2017 phishing scheme that targeted Groton Public Schools

Olukayode Ibrahim Lawal, 35, has been charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. The U.S. attorney's office said ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Four men linked to have been charged with extortion

Four men allegedly behind the website have been arrested and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced charges of extortion, money laundering and identity theft ... was suspected to be in Connecticut and a spokesperson for ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 09:58:00 GMT

DEA Task Force Member Shoots Hartford Man After Drug Bust

Seniors lose billions of dollars a year to financial fraud, ranging from mass mailings and threatening robocalls, to telemarketing and identity theft. Experts around the country, including Connecticut, are focused on combating the problem. Listen Listening...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 12:32:00 GMT

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