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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.

 

In Anne Arundel and Maryland, man stole hurricane victims' identities to get funds, Secret Service says

In one case, the Secret Service claims that Okirika fraudulently registered a Green Dot card at a Dollar Tree convenience store in Bowie on July 6, 2017, under a stolen identity of someone from Califo...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:12:00 GMT



Baltimore Tax Preparer Sentenced To Prison For Filing False Tax Returns

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) - An Owings Mills woman was ... wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. She owned a tax preparation business called 40 AM Tax Service, which she operated from her ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:01:00 GMT



Digital Security by ADT Launches Identity Protection Nationwide

The James A. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland **2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, U.S. Results ***Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement is provided by CyberScout ...

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



United States Credit Czar to Fellow Citizens: Confirm All Identity Information Before Credit Check Processed

And that's because a misspelling that is so substantially different from the correct spelling associated with the consumer's name can indicate an identity theft. "In other words, the consequence for t...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:35:00 GMT



Magisterial actions at Beauchat's office

Jacob LaFrance, 29, of Thurmont, Md., faces charges of robbery ... Joshua Gorsuch, 27, of Gettysburg, was charged with four counts of identity theft, two counts of false identification to a law enforc...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:09:00 GMT



Sirens: Suspect Holds Knife to Victim's Throat; Death Threat Reported

Fring, 45, of Vancouver on suspicion of second-degree identity theft after allegedly providing an officer ... At 9:49 p.m. Friday, a verbal death threat was made at Folsom Street and Maryland Avenue. ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:40:00 GMT



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