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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).


Haverford Police Blotter: 6 Fraud, 3 Identity Theft Cases

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, PA - The latest Haverford Township Police ... Notably, police handled six separate fraud cases and three identity theft cases. The blotter also has arrests made and citations ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:24:00 GMT

Frosh signs letter to strengthen identity theft rules

The letter cites the proliferation of identity theft in many states and the growth in technology ... North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, W...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:19:00 GMT

Allentown man charged with identity fraud

Charged with providing false statements when applying for a passport, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and health care fraud ... Social Security Administration and Medicare benefits, a Pennsylvan...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:49:00 GMT

Capitol Roundup: Pa. Department of Revenue warns of common scams during tax-filing season

If you are a victim of identity theft or discover a fraudulent Pennsylvania personal income tax return was filed using your identity, contact the Fraud Detection and Analysis Unit at 717-772-9297 or [ ...

Published:  Sat, 09 Feb 2019 14:06:00 GMT

AG urges feds to continue identity theft rules

The attorneys general suggest that Identity Theft Rules are essential in reducing the harm ... North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washing...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Feds: Lehigh Valley man stole dead man's identity, raked in $475K in benefits

Jose Anico, 69, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury and charged with making false statements in connection with an application for a passport, aggravated identity theft ... Medicare benefits ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:37:00 GMT

Police Seek Identity Of Suspect In Indiana Co. Walmart Theft

WHITE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) - Pennsylvania State Police in Indiana County are trying to identify a retail theft suspect. According to police, an unknown white man entered the Walmart on Oakland Avenue ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:53:00 GMT

Investigators seek help in identifying man accused of fraudulently obtaining narcotics from Harrisburg pharmacy

DAUPHIN COUNTY - The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is seeking help in identifying the pictured individual, who is suspected of identity theft and obtaining narcotics by fraud from a ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:37:00 GMT

PA Revenue secretary urges citizens to be aware of imposter, 'phishing' scams

Contact the Department of Revenues: Fraud Detection and Analysis Unit at 717-772-9297 or For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit Revenue's Identity Theft Victim A...

Published:  Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:43:00 GMT

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