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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.


Woman Tries To Buy iPhones With Stolen Identity: Police

MARLBOROUGH, MA- A Florida woman is facing several charges including larceny and identity theft after she was caught trying to buy iPhones from the Solomon Pond Mall in Marborough with a stolen ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:38:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm ... Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ne...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexi...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

Ludlow couple admits to rigging bids, skimming reimbursements in federally financed home repair projects

SPRINGFIELD - A husband and wife are facing potential prison terms of seven years after pleading guilty to rigging bids and skimming reimbursements for federally funded repairs to dozens of foreclosed ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:49:00 GMT

OPM Awards $416M Contract for Protection Services to Hack Victims

In addition to ID Experts, GSA identified Massachusetts-based Identityforce and Michigan ... service identity restoration support and victim recovery assistance, identity theft insurance, identity mon...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:28:00 GMT

AGs to FTC: Get Tougher, but We Don't Want to Be Preempted

By way of example, the attorneys general point to specific protections afforded by Oregon and Massachusetts law that exceed those ... of this development is that privacy and accompanying identity thef...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:14:00 GMT

Car thefts rise during winter: Why you shouldn't leave your car to warm up unattended

Drivers could face fines in states including Massachusetts, Maryland ... as it makes you a target for identity theft as well as helping thieves more easily dispose of your vehicle, according to the Na...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 08:23:00 GMT

Utah joins coalition of states urging FTC to revise 2007 identity theft rules

"Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United ... Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Je...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:55:00 GMT

Home insurance cyber protection helps defend against attacks, cyberbullying

One in five has been the victim of identity theft, according to a survey released last year ... which provides coverage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, said insurance k...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:30:00 GMT

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