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Identity Theft in Tennessee

Tennessee MapIf you live in Tennessee, you might not know that 4,370 people in your state reported being victims of identity theft in a recent 12-month time frame, representing a rate of 69.4 cases for every 100,000 people in the population. You may also be unaware of the disruptive, invasive nature of this type of crime as criminals steal personal information and use it to make expensive purchases, get jobs, rent apartments or get mortgages, or obtain costly medical treatments like hip replacements and cosmetic dental work.

Repairing this invasion of your privacy and security can take considerable amounts of time and money as you work to reestablish your credit rating and your good name.

How can you and other residents of Tennessee protect yourself from ever becoming victims of identity theft? One of the most thorough means of protection is the use of Identity Theft Protection services. These companies keep a close watch over customers' personal information - names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, and other financial accounts - and have the ability to flag any potential unauthorized activity almost instantaneously. This makes it less likely that an identity thief can use your information for days, weeks, or months at a time, leaving you with an expensive mess to sort out.

Naturally, you also have to be smart and protect your information. If you are asked to provide private details over the phone or by email, make sure that it is through a contact you have initiated yourself - and be aware that most companies do not ask you to download files online or to disclose social security numbers or passwords over the phone to "fix a problem". When in doubt, you can always contact those companies directly using trusted contact information (e.g. a customer service number on the back of your credit card, or a URL given on a monthly account statement) to see if there really was an issue.

If you live in Tennessee, you can prevent identity theft and avoid this attack on your reputation and your credit score.


Woman returns Tennessee boy's stolen American Bully puppy

A stolen puppy has been returned to a 12-year-old boy in Tennessee whose ... the dog to her son. Her identity hasn't been released. An investigation into the theft is ongoing.

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:43:00 GMT

Mail theft investigation leads to bust of identity theft ring in Nashville, Brentwood

Both Georgia men have now been arrested and both are accused of stealing mail in the middle Tennessee area ... Wilder was arrested and charged with criminal simulation and identity theft. A search of ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:04:00 GMT

3 Teens Charged In Cartersville Vehicle Break-Ins: Police

CARTERSVILLE, MD - Three teenagers from Tennessee are facing criminal charges ... a felony (three counts); financial transaction card theft (three counts). The police also charged Daniels ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:03:00 GMT

Man Charged with TennCare Fraud

Charges of TennCare fraud, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and identity theft are Class D felonies punishable ... toll-free, from anywhere in Tennessee; or log on to and fo...

Published:  Fri, 02 Nov 2018 04:37:00 GMT

Tennessee Ranked 10th in nation in 2017 for fraud reports

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) - Identity theft, fraud, and financial abuse are increasingly common ways for scammers to take advantage of Tennessee consumers of all ages. A recent Federal ...

Published:  Sun, 04 Nov 2018 02:00:00 GMT

JCP Week in Review, November 9 - VIDEO

The numbers were high in Tennessee as well, but while changes were made in ... She was subsequently arrested and charged with 61 counts of identity theft and felony theft over $10,000, but later had h...

Published:  Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:24:00 GMT

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