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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.


To Prevent Identify Theft, Set Up Web Access for Banking, Phone & Other Accounts

Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force, a Florida-based firm that helps identity theft victims, explains that online accounts ... and even my own books ("Newton's Football" and "Clapton's Guitar") ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:32:00 GMT

Staying aware key to protecting yourself from online identity theft

$57,207,248 and identity theft: $66,815,298. So with criminals constantly developing new, creative ways to steal your hard earned cash, how do you protect yourself "I get a call on the phone.

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:45:00 GMT

Protecting child's online identity is a new priority for parents

my general answer is no. I make them prove to me they need it - you'd be surprised how often they admit that they really don't need the number. I know it seems crazy that we have to be worried about a ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:19:00 GMT

Swansea star Martin Olsson claims he is victim of identity theft after being accused of sending woman sex clip

However Olsson, who has had nine Premier League seasons with Blackburn, Norwich and Swansea, claimed his innocence - and insisted he is the victim of identity theft. The defender played ... "Someone i...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:25:00 GMT

Consumer Identity Theft Alert

I have recently been a victim of what I believe to be identity theft and fraud on my Chase online ... The bank isn't helping me one bit and it seems to be the platform where the crimes took ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:01:00 GMT

Woman, 38, accused of stealing $14,400 from blind grandmother

Lehmann, 38, is facing 71 counts of identity theft, crimes against an at-risk adult and theft ... "(The credit union employee) pointed out to me on most of the checks, Aspen's signature when cashing e...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:44:00 GMT

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