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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.

 

Man accused of snatching elderly woman's purse at Nashville church now jailed in Alabama

Police said Ostring has multiple prior convictions in Tennessee for crimes including theft, forgery, identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards and reckless aggravated assault. He got out of state prison in June 2017. It's unclear how Ostring was captured.

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 12:13:00 GMT



The Man with the Stolen Name

In February, a Woodbury, Tennessee, former inmate was sentenced to 57 months ... president of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center. Prisoners present the same opportunity. "Here's someone who's going to be off the map for five or seven years ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:14:00 GMT



Former Vols WR Robert Meachem allegedly had more than $1 million stolen from him

Tonya Lynn Adkism, who was hired by Meachem in 2010, was arrested last Wednesday on several charges including wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. RELATED: Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer identifies 4 principles to repair Vols ...

Published:  Mon, 07 May 2018 10:53:00 GMT



Disturbing video shows man robbing 70-year-old woman after Bible study

identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards and reckless aggravated assault. He got out of state prison in June 2017. Ostring is still believed to be driving the Dodge truck, which has a Tennessee license number 8K76T3. Anyone seeing Ostring or knowing ...

Published:  Sun, 06 May 2018 09:46:00 GMT



FBI: 'Every major gang' operates in the Tri-Cities

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ... They are described by the FBI as "organized burglary and identity theft rings originating in South Florida." "Yes the Felony Lane Gang has been operating in the area, according ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 16:10:00 GMT



Police: Use caution when paying with plastic at the pump

The criminals that use skimmers leave a digital finger print behind, and the Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensics ... "We've had a couple victims come forward thinking they had some identity theft going on. It all went back to gas stations ...

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 14:56:00 GMT



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