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Identity Theft in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania MapIf you are a Pennsylvanian, you may be discouraged to learn that your state ranks 14th highest in America with respect to identity theft. In one recent 12-month period, nearly 10,000 residents of Pennsylvania reported being victims of this crime, which can destroy credit scores, prevent people from getting a mortgage or renting an apartment, and can even result in false imprisonment for illegal activities conducted by criminals using someone else's identity as an alias.

You may wonder what you can do to make it less likely that you will be personally affected by identity theft. Fortunately, there are a number of Identity Theft Protection services available in Pennsylvania that offer round-the-clock monitoring of your personal information - name, address, birth date, phone number, social security number, and so forth - and rapid detection of any possible unauthorized transactions using your identity. Given that many identity thieves are able to operate unnoticed for long periods of time, you can have greater peace of mind knowing that you will not find out about any such breaches after it is already too late.

Of course, nothing can replace good decision-making to protect your identity. If you are asked to provide your social security number, ask the requester to explain why it is needed, how it will be used, and most importantly, how it will be stored and protected at that location. Shred receipts, bank statements, expired credit cards, medical records, and other such documents rather than placing them in the trash or recycling bin in one piece. Be aware of the many scammers who will impersonate your bank, a trusted business, or even the IRS both on the phone and online, hoping to get you to disclose your account numbers, passwords, or social security number. When in doubt, call that business or agency directly using a trusted phone number or website URL (e.g. one that you find on the back of your credit card or on a monthly statement).

 

Dose of their own medicine! Owners of Mugshots.com are arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft as THEIR mugs now circulate the internet after they made ...

Now the mugs of Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, two of the four alleged owners of Mugshots.com, are circulating the internet after they were arrested on charges of extortion, money laundering and identity theft ... arraigned by a Pennsylvania state judge ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 12:05:00 GMT



Senators Demand FCC Answer for Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen

In a bipartisan letter on Monday, two US senators called on the FCC to investigate the identity theft and fraud in public comments ... and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, are among the estimated "two million Americans" whose identities were ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 18:15:00 GMT



2 million stolen identities used to make fake net neutrality comments

On Monday, the two senators - Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) - called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate identity theft and fraud in the public comments left for the agency during the time leading up to the ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 07:08:00 GMT



All of Mugshots.com's alleged co-owners arrested on extortion charges

The quartet has been charged with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft. Bhavnanie was arraigned by a Pennsylvania state judge also on Wednesday-his bail was reportedly set at $1.86 million. According to Tania Mercado, a spokeswoman for the ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:55:00 GMT



Mugshots.com owners arrested for extortion, money laundering and identity theft

Two alleged owners of Mugshots.com, Sahar Sarid and Thomas Keesee, were arrested in south Florida for charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft, according to ... Bhavnanie was arraigned by a Pennsylvania state judge also on Wednesday ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:47:00 GMT



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