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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.


Michigan man jailed for Columbus iPhone scam

A 29-year-old Michigan man who is accused of using a phony driver ... Defendant Christopher Heinz is accused of theft by deception $1,500-$5,000 and identity theft $1,500-$5,000 in connection with the ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:12:00 GMT

Police: 1 in custody after Kalamazoo home invasions, vehicle theft

Police say in a release that the suspect was eventually located outside Kalamazoo and taken into custody by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police. The suspect's identity was ...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:58:00 GMT

Watch your text messages for smishing scammers

According to an alert from the Michigan Attorney General's office ... You may download malware or become and identity theft victim. The easiest way to avoid being scammed: delete the message. How to S...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:22:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as "T.G ... Baldwin said he actually noticed Trent earlier this year when he watched Duke play Michigan State. "He has great preparation before ...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

Ex-boyfriend charged in 2016 murder of Deltona woman

On Oct. 21, 2016, Cruz-Romero turned up in a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Sheriff's Office ... for violating his probation and for the theft of the Impala. Detectives also obtained evidence of ident...

Published:  Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:21:00 GMT

Criminal complaints Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13.

Racine, personal identity theft-avoidance, and obstructing an officer ... Louis McCormick, 1300 block of Michigan Blvd., Racine, manufacture/deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver/distribut...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:55:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

SC Any elements that when not combined with a name would be sufficient to permit a person to commit identity theft OR (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, D.C., DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, ...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Comic-Con 2018 Schedule for Saturday, July 21

Identity Theft, Man on a Ledge, Tusk, Casa de Mi Padre), plus new cast members Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central's The Half Hour) and Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Teen Titans Go!, ...

Published:  Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:43:00 GMT

Shannade Clermont from 'Bad Girls Club' charged in theft

Shannade Clermont, 24, was freed on $100,000 bail after she was charged with wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after she arrived on a ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:49:00 GMT

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