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Identity Theft in Massachusetts

Massachusetts MapLiving in the state of Massachusetts, your likelihood of becoming the victim of identity theft falls exactly in the middle of the charts: 25th highest in the nation, with 69 out of every 100,000 residents reporting this crime in an average year. While this may not sound like much of a risk, for the more than 4,500 Massachusetts citizens who reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent 12-month period, their lives were severely impacted by the theft of their personal information..

Identity theft harms victims in many ways. Because such crimes often go unnoticed for weeks, months, even years, Massachusetts residents may have trouble getting a mortgage for a home purchase, an automobile loan, or even an apartment to rent because they had no idea that someone was using their information fraudulently. Criminals use social security numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers, and other stolen data to obtain medical care, to open multiple lines of credit for making thousands of dollars in purchases, or even to get a job using someone else's "clean" identity.

Fortunately, people in Massachusetts can protect themselves against identity theft. First, there are a number of reputable, affordable Identity Theft Protection companies whose services include 24-hour monitoring of customers' personal information, so that any unauthorized activity or transactions are detected and blocked promptly. Next, some simple changes in personal habits can be effective in deterring identity thieves. Such changes include shredding documents containing identifying information rather than throwing them in the garbage or recycling them; making sure to only provide social security numbers when absolutely required, and even in those circumstances ascertaining how that information will be both used and protected by the business requesting it; and being sure to not disclose too many personal details on social media sites, so as to not give would-be criminals enough information to steal bank accounts or even answer "challenge" questions correctly.


Man Pleads Guilty to ATM Skimming in 3 States

Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts say 38-year-old Bogdan Viorel Rusu pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Authorities say Rusu and h...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:11:00 GMT

Cyber Saturday-Massachusetts Gas Fires, Credit Freezes, Snowden Reassessment

On Thursday evening, 60 suspected gas fires broke out in three Massachusetts towns north ... orders on credit files that help prevent identity theft. Starting on Sept. 21, the credit bureaus ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 20:24:00 GMT

Romanian national part of a crew that stole $868,000 from banks in Mass., N.Y., N.J.

Bogdan Viorel Rusu, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to the office of Andrew E. Le...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 06:32:00 GMT

Email Phishing Attack Compromises Data in Reliable Respiratory

This Reliable Respiratory is in Norwood, Massachusetts. The respiratory care provider ... mentioned that whether the company is going to extend its services, like identity theft and credit monitoring, ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:25:00 GMT

Data protection bill hung up one year after Equifax breach

The 2017 Equifax breach shined a new light on the issue of data security in Massachusetts, and lawmakers on July ... MASSPIRG recommended that consumers protect themselves from identity theft and frau...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:30:00 GMT

Reliable Respiratory Says Phishing Attack Affected 21K Individuals

September 13, 2018 - Massachusetts-based medical equipment ... Carpenters Benefit Funds is providing free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to participants who might ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:45:00 GMT

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