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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).


EMA Director Charged with Identity Theft

MONTROSE, Pa. - State police have charged the director of the Susquehanna Emergency Management Agency with identity theft. Troopers say Robert Thatcher, 32, of Hallstead used a former employee's perso...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:28:00 GMT

Indictment: Man used doctor's identity to submit fake claims

Yoandi Marrero, a 33-year-old Hialeah resident, and PA Clinical Center - the registered company he allegedly used to front the phantom medical practice - are charged with insurance fraud, theft by dec...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:14:00 GMT

Susquehanna County emergency management official charged with identity theft

Susquehanna County emergency management official charged with identity theft Robert Thatcher, director of Susquehanna County Emergency Management Agency, is accused of stealing a former employee's ide...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:23:00 GMT

Man Charged with Assuming Identity of N.J. Doctor in $1M Insurance Fraud Scheme

and PA Clinical Center Inc., the registered company he is said ... third degree theft by deception, and fourth degree identity theft in an indictment handed up by a state Grand Jury in Trenton, N.J. M...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:47:00 GMT

New U.S. Medicare cards prompt warnings about phone scams

That opens the door to identity theft. "We are hearing from people who have been ... Mailing of replacement cards already is complete in some eastern states (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 10:30:00 GMT

Susquehanna Co. official charged in ID theft

Susquehanna County emergency management official charged with identity theft Robert Thatcher ... was announced Wednesday by the Susquehanna County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania.

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:25:00 GMT

New Medicare cards are coming to protect identities; it's just unclear exactly when

Social Security numbers are vital personal information that should be closely guarded to avoid identity theft. Yet, many people carry around ... In May, the general mailings began in Delaware, Marylan...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:19:00 GMT

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