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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.


To Prevent Identity Theft, Set Up Web Access for Banking, Phone & Other Accounts

Privacy and security experts say that staying offline actually carries big risks. Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, a Florida-based firm that helps identity theft victims, explains that onli...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:17:00 GMT

Bizarre Story Alleges Keith Hernandez-Julia Salazar Affair, Identity Theft, and Fraud

from Hernandez's Jupiter, Florida home, and using her personal information ... who had convictions for fraud and theft, and that Kai Hernandez had also filed several "suspicious" insurance claims ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:32:00 GMT

FEMA fraud one year after Hurricane Irma

One year ago, Hurricane Irma ripped through Southwest Florida. In the following months, we investigated dozens of cases of identity theft involving fraudulent FEMA registrations. The Department of Jus...

Published:  Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:50:00 GMT

FHP seizes vehicles involved in stolen gas, identity theft operations

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials in South Florida are cracking down on an illegal operation involving stolen gas and identity theft. Florida Highway Patrol troopers have been seizing vehicles ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 16:54:00 GMT

The Benefits of Medical Advances

while protecting beneficiaries from identity theft as well as new affordable health care insurance options available in twenty four states. Millions of people on Medicare living in Alabama, Florida, G...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:56:00 GMT

Digital Security by ADT Launches Identity Protection Nationwide

ADT is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and employs approximately ... U.S. Results ***Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement is provided by CyberScout and is not an insurance policy.

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 06:00:00 GMT

Man charged in killing of Tucson girls has long, cross-country criminal record

His crimes run the gamut and include sex offenses, assault, identity theft and burglary. Records from Pima, Maricopa, Bay (Florida) and King (Washington) counties' superior courts, and from U.S ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:30:00 GMT

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