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Identity Theft in Maryland

Maryland MapIdentity theft is on the rise in America, as criminals use stolen personal information to get expensive medical treatment, from facelifts to hip replacements; to rent apartments and set up utilities; to open new credit card accounts and make thousands of dollars in purchases before their victims are even aware.

Maryland experiences the 11th highest rate of identity theft in the United States: for every 100,000 individuals in the state, 91.8 will be victims of identity theft in a typical year. For the more than 5,200 people that represents, identity theft is an excruciating invasion of their privacy that often requires a significant amount of time and money to resolve.

Fortunately, residents of Maryland can do several things to protect themselves against becoming victims of identity theft. There are Identity Theft Protection companies who offer customers 24-hour monitoring of all personal information provided (e.g. bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc.) as well as rapid response to any suspicious activity detected by their advanced technologies. Many people in Maryland appreciate the greater sense of security knowing that they will find out about any security breaches within a matter of hours, rather than finding out well after the fact.

Also, there are several simple steps that most residents of Maryland can implement to better secure their personal information. Because social security numbers are one of the most useful pieces of information for identity thieves, residents should make sure to protect their SSNs very carefully; it should only be given when it is absolutely necessary, and only after determining how it will be used and protected. Driver's license details, birth dates, and addresses are also important to safeguard. Finally, being sure to not share too much information on social media can prevent identity thieves from getting the answers to "challenge" questions on bank accounts and other logins.


Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) joined 30 other state attorneys general in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission Feb. 10 urging the FTC to continue its Identity Theft Rules, origi...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nev...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Identity protection PIN program expands

and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft. The pilot program originally involved Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia. IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:57:00 GMT

Maryland State Police urges internet safety for all ages

Complaints of internet based crime may include hacking, credit card fraud, phishing, internet extortion and identity theft. The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit works closely with IC3 in the ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 02:00:00 GMT

Four flagship measurements of the GDPR for the economy

The misuse of data can lead to identity theft, cyberbullying ... a legal expert at the University of Maryland, calls the "black box society" : users of digital tools are unaware of both ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:24:00 GMT

D.C. judge: No actual damages, no claims for data breach victims

Plaintiffs offer only generic statements that their impending harms include time spent "˜to protect themselves' and costs associated with identity ... data theft. In the CareFirst case, Judge Cooper sa...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:53:00 GMT

Mayor defends Annapolis police sergeant, blames second case of mistaken identity on others

Kintop has been the subject of multiple lawsuits regarding mistaken identity ... Maryland. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and has been charged for the murder of Steven Wilson with ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:03:00 GMT

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