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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.


Financial Education Benefits Center: The Best and Worst States for Identity Theft and Fraud

South Dakota, Vermont, Maine and Indiana join Hawaii to round out the top five for identity theft. Nebraska reports the least amount of fraud, followed by Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:00 GMT

Wedding day part 2: Massachusetts couple who lost special day to unlicensed minister has second ceremony

Already facing theft charges in Rhode Island ... He has 51 entries on his criminal record in Massachusetts for similar crimes such as identity fraud, fraudulent use of a credit card, and related larce...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 03:15:00 GMT

Eversource Warns Customers of Rising Scams as Temps Drop

These scammers will show up at front doors or call on the phone posing as Eversource employees to get money, demand personal information for identity theft, or use deceptive ... fraudulent activity by ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:58:00 GMT

Words from Anthony Amore after his loss to William Galvin

Democrat William Galvin (D) was re-elected as Massachusetts Secretary of State ... provide resources to the business community to help protect itself from business identity theft; get rid of secretive ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:45:00 GMT

Diebold Nixdorf On Why Banks Could Be Digital Identity's Future

It is also observable on the micro-scale in the state of Massachusetts, where an attempt to get citizens to upgrade their drivers' licenses to a verified "Real ID" by mid-2020 ... the chances for thef...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:48:00 GMT

Intellicheck, Inc. (IDN) CEO Bryan Lewis on Q3 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Javelin Strategy and Research puts the total value of identity theft at nearly $17 billion ... completed in six states that include New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Virginia, Tennessee and ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:31:00 GMT

R.I. lawyer Robert McNelis sees vindication in fraud case

Hussain, previously convicted in Massachusetts, last month pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in federal court in Rhode Island and is awaiting sentencing. McNelis was censured for allowing Hu...

Published:  Sat, 03 Nov 2018 07:23:00 GMT

I looked for a state that's taking gun violence seriously. I found Massachusetts.

You go to a gun store, you show your ID, and if you pass a background check ... that a would-be criminal could tap into, through theft or an illegal purchase. This is, in fact, one reason Massachusett...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 03:00:00 GMT

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