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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.


What We Don't Know About Identity Theft CAN Hurt Us

Says Professor Steve Weisman, who teaches White Collar Crime at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts ... was far more sensitive and more likely to lead to identity theft than the information ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:22:00 GMT

Identity theft: 7 ways to protect yourself from cybercriminals

"With data breaches occurring so frequently, much of your personal information has become available for sale on the Dark Web to identity thieves," says Steven J. J. Weisman, a lawyer in Amherst, ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:01:00 GMT

Survey: 9 Of 10 Believe Equifax Should Be Punished

"The enormity of the Equifax data breach cannot be overstated," says Professor Steve Weisman, who teaches White Collar Crime at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. "As many as 148 million ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:08:00 GMT

Talk to Ten: Woman's Identity Used for Fraudulent Eversource Account

Karen Roman, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, applied for a home equity loan through her bank but found out an Eversource account had been open in her name When you hear warnings about identity theft, ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:57:00 GMT

Massachusetts hospital notifies 6,300 patients of vendor data breach

according to the HIPAA Journal. Regardless, the hospital is offering patients identity theft protection services.

Published:  Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:45:00 GMT

New Lawsuits, Gestures to Customers in Equifax Data Breach

So they have some of the most sensitive information about Americans' financial lives - all of it a trove for identity theft. Several law firms have ... their own lawsuits against Equifax, including ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:27:00 GMT

Electronic proof of registration not enough

DT emails that "advice about identity theft often suggests keeping no identifying documents ... (The District of Columbia doesn't either, and Massachusetts includes insurance information on its ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:13:00 GMT

Survey: Americans Trust Trump Over Zuckerberg With Protecting Their Identity

Oprah Winfrey! Says Professor Steve Weisman, who teaches White Collar Crime at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, "It is not surprising that President Trump receives higher grades regarding ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Mar 2019 02:27:00 GMT

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