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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.


Hackers want your medical records. Here's how to keep your info from them.

"Patients have an expectation of confidentiality, and breaches are a failure to meet that expectation," says study author Thomas McCoy, research director at the Center for Quantitative Health at Massa...

Published:  Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:00:00 GMT

Best identity theft protection for 2019

This is our best antivirus buying guide IdentityForce Inc. is a Massachusetts-based corporation which provides identity theft services for individuals, businesses and government agencies. Protection s...

Published:  Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:30:30 GMT

Federal agents charge 6 with stealing IDs from Puerto Rican citizens to receive benefits

She also used the identity to apply for a Massachusetts driver's license ... impacts that American taxpayers and citizens face from the danger of identity theft crimes," said Peter C. Fitzhugh, Specia...

Published:  Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:12:00 GMT

ICE Arrests 58 Illegals in New England Enforcement Action

In Methuen, Massachusetts, a 23- year old national of the Dominican Republic who had assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen with prior convictions for drug trafficking, identity theft, and resisting a...

Published:  Fri, 07 Dec 2018 07:57:00 GMT

This map shows where in the US cyber crime costs people the most

Last year, the Identity Theft Resource Center tracked over 1,500 instances ... That's over $1,700 more in average, per-person losses than in Massachusetts, which placed second. Iowa, South Dakota and ...

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

What Shall We Do with Lizzy Warren

Couldn't she see that simply asserting her native-American identity ... part, Massachusetts U.S. Senators are a forgettable lot. And so is, and shall be, Elizabeth Warren, unless she is found to have ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:16:00 GMT

Red Bank Police Blotter

Jillian McGaffigan, age 30 of Dedham, MA ... ID card. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy. Criminal Mischief: Graffiti was reported on the side of a building in the area of Monmouth St on 11/28/18. The writing appea...

Published:  Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:48:00 GMT

Dedham Police log: Nov. 19-26

Tuesday, Nov. 20 8:44 a.m.: A verbal argument was reported. 11:24 a.m.: Larceny was reported on Legacy Place. 12:01 p.m.: Identity theft was reported on Providence Highway. 12:05 p.m.: A hit-and-run a...

Published:  Thu, 06 Dec 2018 06:29:00 GMT

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