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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).


Man sentenced for using Auburn relatives' identities to steal around $175,000

Tortorello pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree identity theft, class D felonies ... pleaded guilty to similar charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania. "It's kinda like he went on a spree ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:30:00 GMT

2nd Ex-Ambulance Official Charged With Theft

MORRISVILLE, PA - Two former officials with the now ... receiving stolen property, identity theft, forgery, computer crimes and criminal conspiracy in the case. Rookstool, of Morrisville ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:37:00 GMT

Former Morrisville Ambulance Squad officials accused of stealing $130K

Morrisville, Pa. - Two former officials from the now-defunct Morrisville ... receiving stolen property, identity theft, forgery, various computer crimes and criminal conspiracy, as well as misdemeanor ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:39:00 GMT

Authorities warn of "secret sister" gift exchange scam on Facebook

"You have no idea who you're giving that information to, so ultimately what you're setting yourself up for is identity theft," said Police Chief Eric Gill of Danville, Pennsylvania, to WNEP in 2016. " ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:35:00 GMT

PSECU to host fraud awareness event to help employees better protect members' personal and financial data

HARRISBURG, PA (November 7, 2018) - International Fraud Awareness ... text messages - to steal members' money or their personal information to set up identity theft. Our Fraud Fair is a great resource ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:35:00 GMT

EDITORIAL: Pittsburg massacre resets the alarm to improve Pa's hate-crime law

That's why murder, rape, theft, arson ... Unfortunately, Pennsylvania's hate-crime law is weak and underutilized. It doesn't include gender, sexual identity, or the perception of sexual orientation as ...

Published:  Sun, 04 Nov 2018 01:21:00 GMT

Fraud suspected at Littlestown business

Accused of using his late father's identity as his own to run a Littlestown business the past 19 years, Francis L. Hartlaub Jr. was charged with multiple counts related to business fraud and theft by ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:24:00 GMT

Arrest warrant issued for forgery suspect in Chester County

The Tredyffrin Township Police Department is searching for an identity theft suspect who failed to surrender to authorities ... Her last known address is in the Reading, Pa. area. Police say Pena also ...

Published:  Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:21:00 GMT

Exton Target Theft Suspect May Have Hit Other Area Stores: Police

EXTON, PA - Police are looking for a woman ... Anyone who has information on this person's identity or the alleged theft is asked to contact Det. Scott Pezick at (610) 363-0200, extension ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:04:00 GMT

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