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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 Tried To Scam iPhones From Greenwich Apple Store: Police

GREENWICH, CT - A 25-year-old Bronx, NY man was arrested on identity theft and attempted larceny charges on Jan. 8 after he allegedly tried to buy two iPhone X's from the Greenwich Avenue Apple ...

Published:  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:28:00 GMT

Police blotter: Identity theft, larceny charges in Greenwich

A 25-year-old Bronx, N.Y. resident was charged with third-degree criminal attempt and larceny, as well as third-degree identity theft. Bond was posted at ... As of January 2019, Hearst Connecticut Med...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:44:00 GMT

Park Ridge police: Tickets to sporting event stolen from unlocked car

The theft was reported on Jan. 4. Jacaree J. Liggins, 26, of the 14300 block of South Dearborn Street, Riverdale, was charged with identity theft on Jan. 9 after police said he used falsified identifi...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:30:00 GMT

The pluses and pitfalls of background checks

"This guy is the most magnanimous person you would meet," Maryann McKessy, chief of the Fraud and Identity Theft Bureau of the Maricopa County ... For example, last year a Connecticut dealership, Lee ...

Published:  Sun, 13 Jan 2019 21:23:00 GMT

CT: TSA Worker Accused of Money Laundering Scheme in Stamford

Dennis Morehead, 48, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., a TSA worker based at John F. Kennedy International Airport, has been charged with racketeering, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, third-degree lar...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:36:00 GMT

Man faces credit card fraud charges

Officers also seized a Connecticut ID that did not belong to Johnson ... Judicial District for conspiracy to commit first-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft, and three counts of third-degree ...

Published:  Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:20:00 GMT

Owasso police incidents (Monday, Jan. 7)

85 Ct. N. Welfare check. Welfare check on adult female ... 4:16 p.m. - 100 blk. N. Main St. Fraud. Identity theft. Other agency referral. 4:27 p.m. - 8200 blk. N. 120 E. Ave. Theft report. Purse taken ...

Published:  Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:04:00 GMT

Waterbury residents indicted in bank fraud scheme

Photo via Facebook WATERBURY - Flashing stacks of cash on Facebook might not be so smart if you're trying to hide evidence of identity theft. But that's what ... Massachussets and Connecticut. "Any ac...

Published:  Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:37:00 GMT

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