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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.


How the Postal Service's Informed Delivery can either help you or help scammers steal your identity

The Nov. 6 alert sent to the Secret Service's law enforcement partners across the country pointed to a recent case in Michigan, where seven people ... and to further their identity theft fraud schemes ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Nov 2018 02:00:00 GMT

Krieger sentenced to prison for embezzlement and identity theft

Krieger, 30 years old, also known as Katherine Marie Waayenberg, pleaded guilty on September 11 to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft as part of plea agreement ... Krieger, and her then-husband, ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:35:00 GMT

United Hacks of America: States with the Highest Rates of Identity Theft

Michigan is the only state on this list for which government document or benefits fraud was the most prevalent form of identity theft in 2017. This category of identity theft encompasses social securi...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:07:00 GMT

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The internal alert - sent by the Secret Service on Nov. 6 to its law enforcement partners nationwide - references a recent case in Michigan in which seven ... and to further their identity theft fraud ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:07:00 GMT

U.S. Secret Service Warns ID Thieves are Abusing USPS's Mail Scanning Service

"Fraudsters were also observed on criminal forums discussing using the Informed Delivery service to surveil potential identity theft victims ... past six days. The Michigan incident in ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 23:36:00 GMT

USPS Informed Delivery: Sign up for this free service in your name before a criminal does!

A typical scan looks like this: Recently, the Secret Service sent a message to law enforcement nationwide with a warning: Seven criminals in Michigan allegedly used the Informed Delivery service to co...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:52:00 GMT

Another Look at Virtual Integrity

while running Michigan Government's enterprise cybersecurity program as the first CISO in the State, I started to see unnerving trends in cyberspace that went well beyond stopping identity theft, data ...

Published:  Sun, 11 Nov 2018 04:06:00 GMT

3 women took checks, credit cards from mail, indictment says

KALAMAZOO, MI - Three woman are accused of stealing mail to obtain ... possession of stolen mail and aggravated-identity theft. The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, was unseal...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:27:00 GMT

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