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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.

 

Bill Would Provide Lifetime Identity Protection to Feds Affected By OPM Data Breach

Two Washington-area Democrats have proposed a measure that would extend the identity theft protection offered to victims of the 2015 Office of Personnel Management data breach to last for life. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 13:24:00 GMT



The Man with the Stolen Name

He raised a family in suburban Maryland while passing himself off as a soldier ... of voter fraud and a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for aggravated identity theft. His attorneys say their client is an immigrant who just wanted to live in ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:14:00 GMT



Woman Who Stole More than $300,000 from Employer Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

Grimm sentenced Keisha Findley, age 42, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Judge Grimm also ordered restitution be paid in the amount of $333,779.53.

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 11:55:00 GMT



Week two: Identity theft and the corruption case of Kwame Kilpatrick

This is evident by our ranking as the No. 1 state in the country for identify theft. "I've been a victim of identity theft," said the FBI's Nishawn Spiller, who spoke about complex financial crimes and public corruption at the Citizens Academy ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 04:52:00 GMT



'John Doe' sentenced for decades of identity theft, fraud

aggravated identity theft, and two counts of voter fraud. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Richard J. Ingram for the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Department of ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 02:38:00 GMT



New bill would extend identity protection benefits for feds compromised in OPM breach

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) introduced the Reducing the Effects of ... said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. "The fear of identity theft will not subside, and neither should the government's commitment ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 11:33:00 GMT



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