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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.


Plan to ban robocalls to mobile phones advances in Massachusetts House

Just as experts warn that robocalls and the scams they often peddle are becoming more pervasive, the Massachusetts House gave its initial ... leading to fraud and identity theft. In November, the FCC approved new rules to allow voice service providers ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 05:10:00 GMT

A Lawyer for Payday Lenders Is Confirmed for F.T.C. Job

"It's outrageous the F.T.C. would pick the lawyer for a criminally convicted racketeer's payday loan company as consumer protection chief," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, who opposed Mr. Smith's selection. "The agency ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 18:16:00 GMT

Cyberstalker who made bomb threats in Waltham pleads guilty in federal court

computer fraud and identity theft. The Newton man faces between seven and 17 1/2 years in prison. The sentencing date is September 14. Wide-ranging cyberstalking campaign According to court documents, Lin engaged in an extensive cyberstalking campaign ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 08:04:00 GMT

Nearly HALF of Americans Age 50+ FAIL Basic Social Security Quiz

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, May 15-- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance ... Security retirement benefit calculations are accurate, it can also help with identity theft protection because only one account per Social Security number is allowed.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 06:08:00 GMT

Almost half of near-retirees fail basic Social Security quiz

Near-retirees still have a lot to learn about Social Security retirement benefits and may be leaving money on the table, according to a new consumer poll released Tuesday by Massachusetts ... it can also help with identity theft protection because only ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 05:12:00 GMT

Intellicheck Mobilisa's (IDN) CEO Bryan Lewis on Q1 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

In April of last year, US postal inspector David McGinnis called synthetic identity theft, one of the fastest growing consumer ... connectivity to New York and Massachusetts and the fingerprinting and clearance process is underway with South Carolina.

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 19:49:00 GMT

Morning Sentinel May 11 police log

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 7:27 a.m., a case involving identity theft was reported on Main Street ... 9:40 a.m., Shane Joseph Denn, 26, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice, operating without a license ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 09:08:00 GMT

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