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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.

 

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



'Like being in the Twilight Zone': Lawyer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

Before 2015, corporate or business identity theft was a civil issue. His case illustrates the extremes to which thieves go to set up fake businesses - in this case, a law firm - to defraud unwitting consumers, experts say. And for at least one Florida ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 06:34:00 GMT



Mugshots.com owners arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Two alleged owners of Mugshots.com, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, were arrested in south Florida for charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft, according to a local NBC affiliate. The two owners have made a fortune off publishing ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:47:00 GMT



FICO Professor Howe Alerts Stoneberry, Citibank, Massillon Police, and Others of Synthetic Child Credit Report, ID Theft, and Federal Application Fraud, SubscriberWise Confirms

Officer Anderson reached the Credit Czar by telephone in Orlando, Florida, and directly provided the details ... Congress doesn't adopt the common sense approaches to child identity theft that we've been relentlessly advocating (http://www.viodi.tv ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 09:38:00 GMT



Accused of ruining lives, Mugshots.com owners charged with extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Becerra has filed charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four men who are allegedly ... Websites like Mugshots.com have been operating for years, particularly in Florida. In 2012, the Miami Herald called mug shot websites ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:08:00 GMT



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