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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.


Suspect Caught Making Fraudulent iPhone Purchase: New Canaan PD

NEW CANAAN, CT - A 65-year-old Bronx, NY man was arrested by New Canaan police on forgery, identity theft and related charges on Tuesday after he tried to buy an $1,100 iPhone from Verizon using ...

Published:  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:30:00 GMT

Chicago man stole a Nashville resident's ID, used it at a Glenview car dealership to try to buy a vehicle for his wife: Prosecutors

A Chicago man has been sentenced to five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to felony forgery and identity theft charges for using a Nashville man's identity last year to try and buy a new ...

Published:  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT

What's Going On With the Teenager Suing Apple Over Facial Recognition Technology?

According to the lawsuit, Bah received a summons arraignment last summer from a Boston municipal court for the theft of $1,200 ... incident at an Apple Store in Connecticut. Bah claimed that ...

Published:  Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:10:00 GMT

Naugatuck police seek identity theft suspect who helped steal $50,000

NAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) - Police are looking for a woman who is wanted for identity theft and stealing more than $50,000. Stephanie Amber Metevier, 24, is accused of participating in a burglary that ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:11:00 GMT

CT home health aide loses job after accusation she took $22,000 from client

City police announced Wednesday she was charged with first-degree larceny, credit card theft and first-degree identity theft. Her arrest stemmed from an investigation into a complaint that she had ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:37:00 GMT

Health Care Aide Charged With Stealing From Dementia Patient

(AP) - A Connecticut home health aide has been charged with stealing ... credit card theft and first-degree identity theft. Police were tipped off by a man who said his 83-year-old mother, who suffers ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:58:00 GMT

Man Stole Credit Card, Made Illegal Charges: Cops

GLASTONBURY, CT - A 27-year-old Hartford man is accused ... Receipt from the illegal use of a credit card Third-degree identity theft Sixth-degree larceny Police did not mention how much was ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:14:00 GMT

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