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Identity Theft in Michigan

Michigan MapAs a Michigander, are you taking the appropriate measures to protect yourself from identity theft? The Federal Trade Commission recommends that you focus on four areas of safeguards, two of which include protecting your social security number and keeping your personal information secure offline.

Because identity thieves can often use stolen social security numbers to most easily open new lines of credit, get employment with a "clean" identity, or even obtain expensive medical procedures such as cosmetic surgery, making sure that your social security number does not fall into criminal hands should be a top priority. Keep your social security card at home whenever possible, along with any other documents (e.g. Medicare card) that bear that number. If you are asked to give your SSN by a business, ask them why they need it, as well as how they will protect it While some requesters may need it for tax reporting or other purposes, many do so as part of a standard form but will not deny you services or other benefits if you decline.

To keep your information secure offline, consider taking any mail you wish to send directly to the post office or a collection box rather than putting it in your own curbside mailbox. Conversely, when ordering new checks, you may want to have them delivered somewhere other than your home. Another tip is to destroy any labels on prescription medication bottles before recycling or putting them in the trash. Finally, make sure to shred any credit applications, physician statements, expired credit cards, and bank statements when you no longer need them.

However, many residents of Michigan are turning to Identity Theft Protection services, in addition to the previously mentioned strategies, to avoid becoming one of the 7,500 people statewide who report being victims of identity theft in a typical year. You too may benefit from having around-the-clock monitoring of your information, so as to best prevent any long-lasting negative effects on your credit rating - and your life in general.


Ontonagon couple becomes DIY identity theft consultants

The couple now works to educate others on identity theft prevention and responses and will host an upcoming seminar planned for 6 p.m. May 23 in the Ontonagon Michigan Works building. "He started living as me," Bob Hartle said of his identity thief.

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:04:00 GMT

Former Eastern Michigan student sentenced in racist vandalism case

ANN ARBOR, MI - A former Eastern Michigan University student owes ... and to serve two to five years in prison on four unrelated counts of identity theft. Curlin, 29, had nothing to say to the court as he was sentenced. He pleaded guilty April 23 to ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 18:31:00 GMT

Week two: Identity theft and the corruption case of Kwame Kilpatrick

People in Michigan are either too trusting, generous or ignoring the warnings about protecting personal information. This is evident by our ranking as the No. 1 state in the country for identify theft. "I've been a victim of identity theft," said the ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 04:52:00 GMT

Fire at Michigan parts factory causes production issues; Equifax says some passport images, information was stolen

A fire that damaged a Michigan auto parts supply factory is causing production ... is information specific to a particular person that could be used in identity theft, like a Social Security number, birthdate, mother's maiden name, etc.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 16:15:00 GMT

Video Sting Group Claims Michigan Union Got Payoff For Alleged Child-Molesting Teacher

AFT-Michigan claimed that Project Veritas operative Marisa Jorge created a fake identity as a University of Michigan education ... recorded misrepresentations, trespassing, theft of documents & splicing and dicing of unlawfully obtained material is not ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 06:04:00 GMT

Whiteford Offers Cybersecurity Tips

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) -- Fresh from hosting an identity theft prevention workshop, Michigan District 80 Rep. Mary Whiteford is sharing tips she learned. One way to avoid stolen credit card numbers., she said, is making sure card numbers are shielded when ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 04:15:00 GMT

Lifelong Learning Classes start soon

Why do thieves steal information, How does medical identity theft happen and What does a fraud scam look like. Mid Michigan Community College, in collaboration with Chemical Bank and Hayes Township Hall, invite you to learn the keys to protecting your ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 03:25:00 GMT

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