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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.


AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm that ... Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, No...

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 ... Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ne...

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

Identity burglars enter by phone

HOUGHTON COUNTY - The number of identity theft reports to some law enforcement agencies has been increasing recently, and in nearly every instance, it begins with people giving information to phone sc...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:50:00 GMT

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

In addition to ID Experts, GSA identified Massachusetts-based Identityforce and Michigan-based Ladlas ... services," including full-service identity restoration support and victim recovery assistance, ...

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

Identity protection PIN program expands

and are not currently victims of tax return identity theft. The pilot program originally involved Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia. IP PINs will now be available in seven more states: California ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:57:00 GMT

Retired treasury worker charged

Michigan Attorney General's office leaders filed 10 felony ... She faces embezzlement of more than $50,000 but less than $100,000; three identity theft charges; the counts of allowing a false statemen...

Published:  Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:42:00 GMT

Blotter: Incidents of identity theft reported in Wilmette

A resident of the 3500 block of Elmwood Avenue reported Jan. 26 that they had received email notices that their debit card had been used for rides in New York, Michigan and Los Angeles. The account wa...

Published:  Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:25:00 GMT

Students express frustration with black doll incident at Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, MI - Shayler Barnes Jr. understands the frustration black ... and to serve two to five years in prison on four unrelated counts of identity theft. "The university is paying attention to the ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:07:00 GMT

Michigan Man Gets 13 Years for Tax Fraud

A Lansing, Michigan, man will spend more than 13 years in federal ... and eight counts each of making a false claim to the U.S. and aggravated identity theft. In an international scheme, Igboba used o...

Published:  Mon, 04 Feb 2019 11:22:00 GMT

Anchorage is the top U.S. site for snowmachine thefts

The top three geographic areas with the most reported snowmachine theft are in Alaska ... The top five were Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska and Washington. Alaska made up 8 percent of all repor...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:28:00 GMT

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