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Identity Theft in Delaware

Delaware MapIn a recent year in Delaware, 725 people became victims of identity theft, ranking the state 13th highest in the nation at a rate of 81.9 cases of identity theft for every 100,000 people in the population.

People in Delaware have several options for better safeguarding themselves against such identity theft. First, many reputable Identity Theft Protection services offer customers around-the-clock monitoring of their credit and are notified right away if any suspicious activity is registered; if an identity breach happens, the protection company helps to recover their customers' good credit. This saves individuals both time and money as it can often be costly for victims of identity theft to repair the damage done on their own. Additionally, Delaware residents can better protect their identity by only giving out personal information when absolutely necessary, using firewalls and other data security measures on their computers, and by reviewing their credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements each year for any unrecognized employment or other activity.

Criminals take personal information, especially social security numbers, and utilize it in a number of fraudulent ways. Payday loans can be taken out in more than one state, incurring vast amounts of debt. They can open credit lines at banks or retailers, making purchases before their victims detect anything out of the ordinary. Stolen bank account information can result in drained savings and checking accounts in a matter of minutes, leaving Delaware account owners with nothing. Finally, the issues regarding health care in Delaware, identity theft is now used more frequently to access medical care with victims' information.

The IRS also informed the public of a recent increase in tax-related identity theft, where stolen social security numbers of Delaware residents are used to file falsified tax returns and take their refund. Unfortunately, victims are often not aware of the theft and fraudulent tax return until they attempt to file their taxes and learn that one was filed earlier in the year.


Delaware Auditor candidate Kathleen Davies keeps hearing on her firing private

Delaware Auditor candidate Kathleen Davies keeps hearing on her firing private Kathleen Davies, a candidates for state auditor, has chosen not to open to the public a hearing on her firing from the of...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:11:00 GMT

How one Delaware County town became 'a cool place to go in the suburbs'

When Mike Hannigan used to say he was "going downtown," he meant Center City. But since moving to Media a decade ago, that phrase has taken on new meaning. To Hannigan and his family, "going downtown" ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:00:00 GMT

A Delaware county community honors two friends

A Delaware county community is coming together Friday, in honor of two friends. The First Baptist Church in Collingdale has been hosting a Red Cross Blood drive all day. You can donate for another hou...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:42:00 GMT

Two more Delaware men arraigned for murder of Haverhill teen

Two men from Delaware accused of murdering a Haverhill teenager at his home last June were ordered held without bail Friday following their arraignment in Haverhill District Court, the Essex district ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:57:00 GMT

Survivor blames officials for Delaware prison riot

Patricia May had a feeling of dread when she reported to work at Delaware's maximum-security prison last year. For months, May had been concerned about her safety after being assigned to C Building at ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:00:00 GMT

UPDATE: Delaware police arrest suspect in eight-vehicle crash

Martin Tuohy, 45, of Middletown, DE (Courtesy of Rehoboth Beach Police Department) REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A Delaware man is facing several felony charges after police say he turned himself in on July ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:22:00 GMT

Delaware Memorial Bridge 5K Run set for Sept. 30

Delaware Memorial Bridge 5K Run set for Sept. 30 Second annual 5K raises money for Special Olympics, is open to first responders, medical and military personnel Check out this story on delawareonline. ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:28:00 GMT

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