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Identity Theft in Florida

Florida MapWere you aware that, as a Floridian, you are at the highest risk in the nation for becoming a victim of identity theft? In a recent year, more than 37,000 residents reported to the Federal Trade Commission that they had experienced identity theft, representing a rate of 186.3 complaints for every 100,000 individuals in Florida. These numbers are no anomaly, as the state has been in the top 3 for reported identity theft for several years in a row.

What can you do to better protect yourself from identity theft in Florida? One of the best lines of defense is to work with a reputable Identity Theft Protection service. These services offer 24-hour monitoring of your personal information and will notify you of any suspected fraudulent activity using your name, address, social security number or other account information. In the event of any form of identity theft, these companies will work to restore your identity and credit history.

In addition, there are many things that the average Floridian may not already be doing that would help them to safeguard their identity and protect against theft. Do you regularly carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse? Do you provide your SSN whenever asked for it by a business or doctor's office? If so, stop! Both of these are easy ways for identity thieves to obtain one of the most useful pieces of information for criminal purposes. Also, make sure that you do not provide detailed personal information to phone callers; a recently-discovered scam involved callers pretending to be from the IRS and asking for information from whomever answered their call. Be aware that most governmental agencies will send any notifications by mail, and only disclose your information on a call that you initiate to a trusted number.

In these ways, you are less likely to experience the costly crime of identity theft in Florida and better able to have peace of mind, knowing that your personal information is safe.


Floridians: Follow these tips to protect your tax refund from fraud

Patronis' office released the list of tips below designed to protect Floridians from tax fraud and identity theft. 1. File your return as soon as possible. A criminal can't file a return in your name ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:40:00 GMT

Attempted identity theft led police to reopen '86 missing toddler case

"Detectives learned it was someone trying to commit identity theft and did not lead to Pierre ... Fleming was arrested on Jan. 29 on an open murder charge in Florida.

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:26:00 GMT

FHP: Traffic stop leads to more than 100 felony identity theft charges

(WJHG/WECP) - According to Florida Highway Patrol, two men were arrested after ... were arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on 133 felony charges related to identity theft. Troopers said ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:42:00 GMT

Woman's name cleared after sister charged with prostitution steals her identity

A Florida woman has been cleared of criminal charges filed ... Jaclyn Humienny, who is studying to be a teacher for children with disabilities, learned of the identity theft when a background check fo...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:07:00 GMT

Florida man arrested in Peters as suspect in fraud ring

McMURRAY - A Florida man was arrested Monday in Peters Township as ... Slowden is charged by township police with felony counts of identity theft and conspiring to commit identity theft with the ring ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:49:00 GMT

Identity protection PIN program expands

and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft. The pilot program originally involved Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia. IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:57:00 GMT

A Man in Florida Mistakenly Received a $980,000 Tax Refund, and Officials Say He Tried to Keep It

The average tax refund is usually a couple of thousand dollars, but a man in Florida who earned less than $3,500 mistakenly ... primarily because of identity theft. "Refund crimes may no longer be at ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 06:10:00 GMT

CRIME WATCH: Man Arrested in Connection With Florida Bank Fraud and Identity Theft

Connecticut authorities arrested a Florida man on charges related to bank fraud and identity theft throughout multiple counties in Florida. According to an investigation by the Florida Attorney ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Feb 2019 21:08:00 GMT

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