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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.

 

Suspect arrested in ID theft case

McCracken deputies said Kala Hameister, originally from Minneapolis, is a known associate of the "Felony Lane Gang," a group of organized burglary and identity theft rings in south Florida that operates throughout the U.S. Deputies said a victim reported ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 23:22:00 GMT



How to Protect Yourself From Medical Identity Theft

Recovering from medical identity theft can become more complex if ... an independent security and privacy compliance assessor in Orlando, Florida. "We welcome the ease and efficiency of being able to download results and see our medical records online ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT



Court orders man to pay $2M in child support in 'bizarre' case involving identity theft

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:34:00 GMT



Missing Florida mother-of-three who vanished last month is now believed to be dead says Sheriff as her salon co-worker who assumed identity of a dead teenager is named a suspect

A Florida woman who disappeared on Mother's Day is now believed ... The FBI also has charged her with possession of a counterfeit passport stemming from the alleged identity theft. Kessler is being held in the county jail under her assumed name on $500,000 ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 04:44:00 GMT



SunTrust data theft impacts Florida customers

A class action lawsuit has now been filed against SunTrust, and some Florida residents may be entitled to a part ... increased other security measures, and are offering identity theft protection services at no cost to our consumer banking clients."

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 19:40:00 GMT



Good News for Consumers: Free Credit Freezes

But you can get a PIN only if you receive a CP01A form (which is sent to identity theft victims), the IRS invites you to opt in, or you live in Georgia, Florida, or Washington, D.C., areas with the highest rates of tax-related identity theft. Andrew ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 16:30:00 GMT



Keeping kids safe: Protecting your child's identity

ANOTHER OPTION HERE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA YOU CAN FREEZE YOUR CHILD'S CREDIT ... AS A PARENT THAT IS YOUR CHILD BECAUSE ESSENTIALLY THAT IS YOUR KID'S KEY TO IDEN Identity theft is not something people often associate with children, but law enforcement ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:22:00 GMT



US: Seminole County Florida To Accept Crypto For Tax Payment

Seminole County to accept BTC and BCH for payment for taxes to remove risks connected with credit card usage, such as fraud and identity theft. The Seminole County, Florida, tax collector Joel M. Greenberg announced May 14 that the county will begin ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 18:21:00 GMT



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