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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.


Man Arrested for Credit Card Fraud by Wilton PD is Sentenced

and mail addressed to Connecticut residents. On Apr. 30, 2018, Chin pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Chin, was sentenced to 30 months of ...

Published:  Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:16:00 GMT

Litchfield County man gets 30 months for credit card scheme

and mail addressed to Connecticut residents. Judge Shea ordered Chin to pay full restitution. On April 30, 2018, Chin pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity the...

Published:  Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:26:00 GMT

Police: Man Trying to Buy Smartphones Claims to Be Informant

(AP) - Police in Connecticut say a man charged over the weekend with ... Police charged 49-year-old charged Lasyah Palmer with larceny, identity theft and other offenses. Palmer's case wasn't listed i...

Published:  Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:22:00 GMT

Hinsdale police blotter: Identity theft reported in attempt to buy a car in Florida

A resident of the 5800 block of Woodmere Drive reported Nov. 2 that someone used their identity while trying to buy a car in Florida between Aug. 11 and Oct. 30.

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:47:00 GMT

Connecticut Requires 24 Months of Credit Monitoring for Certain Security Breaches

Previously, Connecticut law required entities to provide 12 months of credit monitoring for breaches affecting SSNs. The amendment was passed as part of Public Act 18-90, An Act Concerning Security Fr...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:04:00 GMT

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