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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 Catch A Thief - Lessons We Can All Learn From Demi Moore's Identity Theft Drama

It is highly likely that every American may deal with identity theft issues as some point, which is all the more reason to be prepared. I love hearing from readers on all their financial questions and ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 02:08:00 GMT

Identity expert suggests talking with children about phone safety

Identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie recommends sitting down with your child and starting a dialogue about online safety, and let them be the teacher. "So say to your child, "˜Hey, show me how this loc...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:05:00 GMT

Protecting your child - Petersburg introduces bill to safeguard minors from identity theft

If a child is already the victim of identity theft, the Minnesota law requires the credits bureaus ... [of Owatonna] for bringing this need to my attention and working with me on getting t passed," Pe...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:25:00 GMT

Can an identity thief change your home address

A few days later, mail for John Smith starts coming to me. This actually happened to a ... there are clearly gaps in the USPS identity verification process. Like any form of identity theft, the key is ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:39:00 GMT

Local union president says use of her photo by Illinois Policy Institute "a form of identity theft"

You've got to be kidding me.' So I went on there and sure enough my picture ... This is a really a form of identity theft-using my image to promote something that is completely wrong in my eyes. I am ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:27:00 GMT

She was in reality TV's "˜Bad Girls Club.' Now she's charged with stealing a dead man's identity.

"If you look up bad b"'"'"'"' in the dictionary, you'll find the Clermont twins, you'll find me and Shannon," Clermont said ... one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Shannade Clermont from 'Bad Girls Club' charged in theft

Shannade Clermont, 24, was freed on $100,000 bail after she was charged with wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was arrested at ... for the amount we agreed on. So you ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:38:00 GMT

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