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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.


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 have been seizing vehicles rigged to ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:44:00 GMT

2 Honduran contractors charged with ID theft, fraud, tax evasion

The newly-filed false statements and tax fraud charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison, and the aggravated identity theft charge carries a ... She also presented a valid F...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:23:00 GMT

Tampa man sent to federal prison for ID theft, $2M in tax fraud

identity theft and possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices. Flerijean was also ordered to pay $558,075 in restitution, according to Christopher P. Canova, United States Att...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:22:00 GMT

Can You Survive Identity Theft

Identity theft should be terrifying to all of us ... John Farmer, a criminal-justice professor at the University of North Florida, stated in the article: "If your debit card gets compromised, a bad gu...

Published:  Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:03:00 GMT

Yorktown Police Make Two Identity Theft Arrests

... arrested a 39-year-old Peekskill man for allegedly stealing the identity of a Florida man and using it in Yorktown. Police were notified of the alleged identity theft by the Polk Country Florida S...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:09:00 GMT

Former Florida State linebacker faces tax fraud charges

A Florida attorney who started at linebacker for Florida State ... theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Alexander is the owner of Wizard Business Center, a Tallahassee tax preparat...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:12:00 GMT

Two suspects arrested, one on the run after deputies bust identity theft ring

The third suspect, Shawn Adrian, is still on the run. Deputies say an employee at a Wells Fargo bank in east Harris County alerted them after two of the suspects tried to gain access to a Florida acco...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:23:00 GMT

Florida man stole real N.J. doctor's ID to make $1M in fake medical claims, AG says

Marrero, of Hialeah, Florida, could not be reached for comment and a spokesperson ... Marrero faces charges of insurance fraud, theft by deception and identity theft, which could carry as much as 10 y...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:07:00 GMT

Peekskill man arrested for identity theft

YORKTOWN - A Peekskill man is charged with identity theft and possession of a forged instrument, both as felonies, in connection with a case involving a Florida resident. Yorktown Police were alerted ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:32:00 GMT

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