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Identity Theft in Maine

Maine MapMaine ranks third lowest in the United States when it comes to identity theft: only 38.8 out of every 100,000 residents will experience this crime in a typical year. However, for the more than 500 Mainers who reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent 12-month period, they were likely impacted in time-consuming, costly ways. Identity theft can hinder individuals' ability to get credit for a car loan or a mortgage, to obtain employment, or to pass a background check when looking to rent an apartment.

Fortunately, there are many things that residents of Maine can do to protect themselves against identity theft. One of the most important ways is by safeguarding their social security numbers. This information should only be disclosed when absolutely necessary, and only after determining how the requester will use and protect it. Also, social security cards should generally be left in a safe place at home, rather than in a purse or wallet; the same goes for any other documents (such as Medicare cards) that carry the number.

Another critical step is to keep electronic devices secure. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets should all be password-protected - with a password that is not easily guessed - so that thieves have a harder time accessing any personal information that might be found on those devices. Users should also log off every time they finish using password-protected devices. Similarly, fans of social networking sites should be careful to not share too much personal data, which could enable identity thieves to answer "challenge" questions on accounts and discover other information about users' lives.

Finally, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection services available to Mainers. These companies offer customers the security of knowing that their personal information is being monitored around-the-clock, and that any potentially fraudulent activity will be noticed and resolved quickly.


Unsmiling faces help prevent identity theft in Nova Scotia

"Identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of consumer fraud and it can wreak such havoc on your life. When I was commissioner I had a number of cases that came to me to me in terms of identity theft and it can just ruin your life until you can ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 04:40:00 GMT

Free Credit Report Freezes

QI'd like to freeze my credit record to protect against identity theft. I heard that Congress recently passed ... You can place a free credit freeze in Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and ...

Published:  Fri, 25 May 2018 14:52:00 GMT

This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

"It's amazing to me that we'll be so guarded with very interesting things we have, but we'll hand over our identity information on the spot," McCleskey said. "A lot of [analog theft] is self-compromise," said ITRC's Velasquez. "You have information you ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT

Ontonagon couple becomes DIY identity theft consultants

The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m. May 23 in the Ontonagon Michigan Works building. "He started living as me," Bob Hartle said of his identity thief.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT

'Do you believe I faked my own life': Valley officer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

An identity theft case. It's his identity theft case ... with the Department of Public Safety because you have bad credit was an absolute shock to me," he said. But he got the misunderstanding cleared up and got the job, eventually leaving for a position ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT

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