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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.


Worst States For Cybersecurity

Unless you take steps to protect your personal and account information, you're at a high risk for identity theft and the residents of some ... led by New England neighbors New Hampshire (4.29) and Mas...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:26:00 GMT

Woman loses $300K of her life savings in online romance scam

The charges range from wire fraud to identity theft. Five people were arrested and two others ... Mensah Joshua Adedeji Ipoade Oladunni Temitope Oladipupo, 24, of Lynn, Massachusetts Two other defenda...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:51:00 GMT

Previously Deported Dominican National Detained for Healthcare & Welfare Fraud & Identity Theft

A previously deported Dominican National was arrested on federal healthcare fraud, welfare fraud, aggravated identity theft, misuse of a social security ... In March of 2017, Portes-Ortiz was arrested ...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 03:51:00 GMT

Massachusetts man to serve time for false passport

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for making a false statement on his passport application and aggravated identity theft. Juan Santana, 42, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was al...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:10:00 GMT

AARP Massachusetts announces new shred events in three communities

Did you know that someone's identity is stolen every two seconds AARP Massachusetts is doing our part to help you avoid identity theft and fraud by offering free Fraud Watch Network shredding events ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:30:00 GMT

These are the 10 airports where you're most likely to be hacked

These attacks can lead to identity theft, which along with debt collection ... Airport Detroit MI 6.4 10 General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport Boston MA 6.4 There are three major things ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:03:00 GMT

Massachusetts Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing about $2.7M from Employer

A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about $2.7 million from her former employer. Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Debra Mulloy, of Milford, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated ...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 05:55:00 GMT

IdentityForce Sweeps Two Awards for Executive Leadership and ID Theft Protection Innovation

"It is humbling to have this level of industry recognition and all of us are proud of the team we've built and the work we are doing together every day at IdentityForce to deliver the best identity th...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:08:00 GMT

Officials: Nigerian nationals indicted for operating online romance fraud that cost victims millions

ATLANTA - A federal grand jury indicted seven Nigerian nationals with charges ranging from wire fraud to identity theft. The charges in the two ... Ipoade Oladunni Temitope Oladipupo, 24, of Lynn, Mas...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:44:00 GMT

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