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Identity Theft in Ohio

Ohio MapOhio ranks 29th highest in the nation when considering statistics surrounding identity theft, at a rate of 65.2 cases for every 100,000 people in the population, or more than 7,500 reports made to the Federal Trade Commission in a recent year.

Identity Theft Protection services are available to Ohioans looking to better safeguard against such an invasion of their security and privacy. These services offer 24-hour monitoring of social security numbers, credit accounts and bank numbers, and other personal information, detecting any likely unauthorized activity and putting an end to it before it escalates into a bigger issue. This saves customers time, money, and heartache, as many cases of identity theft go undiscovered until victims attempt to open a new credit card or apply for a mortgage, for example; it can take years to restore the good name and credit rating of a victim of identity theft.

However, residents of Ohio should also be wise when it comes to securing their personal information and preventing identity thieves from wreaking havoc in their lives. For instance, choosing to use hard-to-guess passwords makes it more difficult for criminals to access bank accounts and other sensitive information; these passwords should be used not only with online accounts but also to access laptops, smartphones, and other devices. It is recommended that any outgoing mail be taken directly to the post office or deposited in a secure collection box, rather than being left in a curbside mailbox at home.

Similarly, when ordering new bank checks, it is best to have them delivered to a location other than home. Finally, keeping social security numbers secure is one of the best ways to prevent thieves from getting their most valuable pieces of information; this can be done by only giving it out when strictly necessary, not just when requested, and by leaving social security cards in a safe place at home instead of in a purse or wallet.

In this manner, the majority of Ohioans can make it much less likely that identity theft will ever become an issue in their lives.


State panel OKs Ohio Medicaid's plan for drug treatment workers with convictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio ... identity fraud and drug trafficking: People convicted of these crimes would have to wait 10 years after completion of their sentences to become eligible to be Medicaid providers. Pr...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:35:00 GMT

How to protect your child from synthetic identity theft

"Synthetic identity theft is really a false and a fake persona," said Eva Velasquez ... The university and Mercy Health will now run Mercy College of Ohio's medical programs.

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

Ohio Living Provides Notice of Data Security Incident

What You Can Do. Ohio Living encourages everyone to remain vigilant and take steps to protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss by reviewing their account statements and Explanat...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:00:00 GMT

2 Ohio women arrested for fraud, identity theft

The Lincoln County Jail Docket for Thursday was as follows: " Justin Kenneth Miller, 08/12/1990, 4080 Hwy. 24, McComb - arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance by Brookhaven Police De...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:56:00 GMT

Why Did This Ohio Mother of 2 Turn to Stealing Packages

Ohio, when she embarked on her spree. Cops say she got in her car and picked a house not far from hers, where she was caught by a security camera during a package-theft blitz. Bergman did nothing to s...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:14:00 GMT

Identity theft issue reported

Deputies met Monday with Brian Henry of Belle Center, who reported receiving a report from his bank regarding a male suspect who had attempted to use a fraudulent Ohio driver's license to withdraw mon...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT

United States Credit Czar to Fellow Citizens: Confirm All Identity Information Before Credit Check Processed

And that's because a misspelling that is so substantially different from the correct spelling associated with the consumer's name can indicate an identity theft. "In other words, the consequence for t...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:35:00 GMT

Man suffers serious injuries in fiery crash on Route 265

The Ohio Highway Patrol declined to release the identity of the male motorist who also is accused ... 11:58 p.m. after the female victim called to report the assault and theft of her vehicle. A sherif...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 06:20:00 GMT

2 Senteced On Wire Fraud, ID Theft Counts

Two co-conspirators in a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft conspiracy involving credit card skimmers ... schemes in other states throughout the country, including Virginia, Ohio, Nebraska, and ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:51:00 GMT

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15

Protecting Against Fraud and Identity Theft Froment advises Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices during open enrollment. The Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be present at Check-Up D...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:34:00 GMT

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