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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.


Brothers plead guilty in identity theft, fraud scheme that netted over $1.5 million

mail fraud and aggravated identity theft carry a maximum of 30 years. They will be sentenced on Oct. 25. Aerial video from ABC Action News 6 in Annapolis, Maryland. Aerial video from ABC Action News 6 ...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:33:00 GMT

State investigates Russian investor's ties to Maryland elections software

Maryland officials are investigating a Russian investor ... The charges include conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., aggravated identity theft and money laundering. According to the indic...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:55:00 GMT

DOJ Admits Error Linking ID Theft Case to OPM Breach

The Justice Department goofed when it suggested in a June 18 press release that the personal information a Maryland woman used to steal the ... While the Langley identity theft victims were also victi...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:23:00 GMT

Corvallis Man Indicted in 2017 Death of Russian Woman

(AP) - A Corvallis man jailed since April 2017 in connection with the slaying of a Russian woman has been indicted on charges of murder, identity theft and theft ... an income tax return for 15 years. ...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:07:00 GMT

New U.S. Medicare cards prompt warnings about phone scams

That opens the door to identity theft. "We are hearing from people who have been ... Mailing of replacement cards already is complete in some eastern states (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:30:00 GMT


theft of property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $10,000; and identity theft. Appellant presents the following ... Complete access to news articles on this website is available to Daily Reco...

Published:  Mon, 09 Jul 2018 07:47:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

In a separate but related case, Reza Davachi of Damascus, Md., pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme for abusing ... and ordered to pay $49,543 in restitution. False Tax Returns, Identity Theft According t...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

Calvert to host paper shredding event

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - The Calvert County Department of Public Works ... The shred event helps prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents. All paper must be removed from ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 06:45:00 GMT

New Medicare cards are coming to protect identities; it's just unclear exactly when

Social Security numbers are vital personal information that should be closely guarded to avoid identity theft. Yet, many people carry around ... In May, the general mailings began in Delaware, Marylan...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:19:00 GMT

Maryland AFGE Secretary-Treasurer Indicted on Multiple Counts

was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on one count of bank fraud, two counts of mail fraud and two counts of identity theft in connection with theft of funds from the Perry ...

Published:  Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:23:00 GMT

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