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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.


Police: Identity-stealing porch pirates bagged in Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach police have arrested two men who they said are members of a Miami-based identity theft ... According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Acosta is on probation from Miami-Dade ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:28:00 GMT

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

The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Lesley M. Irwin, 42, of the 26000 block of West Cuba Road, Barrington ...

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

City Furniture Prevents Identity Theft with Intellicheck's Retail ID Mobile

City Furniture is protecting customers and non-customers alike from the damaging impact of identity theft with a cutting-edge technology solution now in place at their twenty-nine locations across Flo...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 04:13:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

With a relatively high proportion of elderly people, Florida's population is particularly vulnerable to identity theft, the plurality of offenses being attributable to credit card fraud. A state known ...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

How to replace lost or damaged documents in Florida

The Hurricane Michael disaster may result in the loss of important documents, but Florida residents have ways to replace ... An extended fraud alert, lasting seven years, is available only to identity ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:42:00 GMT

Florida woman released on own recognizance on felony charges fails to show for court

A Florida woman who was released from the Scott County Jail on her own recognizance after being charged in September with multiple counts of forgery, theft, identity theft and felony eluding is ...

Published:  Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:56:00 GMT

Tucson man sentenced to 94 months in prison for bank fraud, identity theft

A Tucson man was sentenced to nearly eight years in federal prison for bank fraud, identity theft and conspiracy ... about 250 victims obtained through a Florida telemarketing business.

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT

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