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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.

 

Lansing man convicted in identity theft, tax refund fraud scheme

A Lansing man is facing up to 20 years in prison for his role in an international identity theft and tax refund fraud scheme ... United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan, h...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:57:00 GMT



Mail theft leads to $400K in credit-card charges, indictment says

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A group is accused of stealing mail to get credit ... Kendal Adrian Jones and Fabian Leon Johnson are named in an 18-count indictment alleging aggravated identity theft, possession ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:35:00 GMT



7 charged in West Michigan credit card fraud scheme

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Seven people are facing federal charges in connection with a West Michigan identity theft and credit card fraud scheme that officials say resulted in hundreds of thousands ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:16:00 GMT



BBB reminds consumers of new credit freeze law

The Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan is reminding consumers of a new law that allows you to protect yourself from identity theft. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the three natio...

Published:  Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:14:00 GMT



Hurley invites students to hack system in effort to improve security

Hackers often associated with identity theft and other criminal activity are going up against the system of a Mid-Michigan hospital. "This is real world, and these are things that do save lives in the ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:28:00 GMT



These Michigan teens just slayed their student ID photos

#NFID19 pic.twitter.com/g0g5bnd3PC - Gwyn Watson (@GwynWatson_) September 13, 2018 "Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!" #NFID19 pic.twitter.com/qv74dPO7JG - Erik Elwell (@elwell_erik) September 13, 20...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:19:00 GMT



High school seniors recreate pop culture moments in student ID photos

A senior class in Michigan came to slay on picture day ... #NFID19 pic.twitter.com/4kqNVXNFbB - Sarah Fish (@sarahfish01) September 13, 2018 "Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!" #NFID19 pic.twitter.co...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:56:00 GMT



Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here's Why You Should Go for It.

The Federal Trade Commission says that when the law takes effect, its identity theft website will provide links to each ... In-depth interviews with 24 consumers by researchers at the University of Mi...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:54:00 GMT



This Morning: Scammers claiming to be MSP troopers demand personal information

They say you're a victim of a crime and try to obtain personal information. "When they pick up they say Michigan State Police you're a victim of identity theft we need you know your banking informatio...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 02:47:00 GMT



How to protect your child from synthetic identity theft

"Synthetic identity theft is really a false and a fake persona," said Eva ... Remarkably, no one was killed. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will no longer ask job applicants and people seeki...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:00:23 GMT



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