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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).


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The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that 65-year-old Ralph Capone of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery, identity theft and felony charges related to the ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:41:00 GMT

Haverford Police Blotter: Fraud, Identity Theft, Robbery, More

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, PA - The latest Haverford Township Police blotter is out and it covers police-handled incidents that occurred between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. Notably, police reported five ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:32:00 GMT

Pennsylvania Leads Nation, World In Use Of Life Sentences

The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that 65-year-old Ralph Capone of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery, identity theft and felony charges related to the ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:52:00 GMT

Consumer Alert: Ways to help save money on homeowner's insurance

As students begin to head back to school, consumer advocates warn parents to be mindful about potential identity theft of their ... crime spree in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including an ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:46:00 GMT

Reliable Respiratory Says Phishing Attack Affected 21K Individuals

Pennsylvania-based health plan Carpenters ... Carpenters Benefit Funds is providing free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to participants who might have had their Social ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:45:00 GMT

Police: Old Forge woman used sister-in-law's identity to purchase $9,000 of products

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania's eight dioceses ... products using her sister- ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:01:00 GMT

5 'Felony Lane Gang' Members Busted In Tredyffrin: Police

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP, PA - Tredyffrin Township Police said ... Below are the charges each person faces: Ruiz - identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:31:00 GMT

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