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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.

 

Feds: Maryland man stole hurricane victims' identities as part of $8M scam of FEMA program

Officials with FEMA and the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, who would prosecute the case ... a Green Dot card at a Dollar Tree store in Bowie on July 6, 2017, under the identity of someone from California ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:56:00 GMT



Ferraris, diamond rings: 3 men indicted in massive $364 million Ponzi scheme

Kevin Merrill, 53, of Towson, Maryland; Jay Ledford, 54, of Westlake, Texas, and Las Vegas; and Cameron Jezierski, 28, of Fort Worth, Texas, face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:44:31 GMT



Fraudsters Accused In $364M Ponzi Debt Scheme

According to Reuters, the men - Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada ... charged the men with conspiracy, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. According to the in...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:11:00 GMT



Towson Man Indicted In $364 Million Ponzi Scheme

identity theft, money laundering, conspiracy, and financial transactions over $10,000 in criminally derived property. Victims of the fraud include individual investors and companies in Maryland, D ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:33:00 GMT



Feds say Towson millionaire funded lavish lifestyle with elaborate Ponzi scheme

identity theft and money laundering. Both men could face more than 200 years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur called their business model one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever charged in Ma...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:36:00 GMT



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