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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.

 

Kingsport man charged with 27 counts of identity theft

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - A Kingsport man is facing more than two dozen counts of identity theft after Johnson City police said multiple victims reported fraudulent credit card use. The Johnson City P...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:56:00 GMT



Study ranks Little Rock and Jackson, MS among least-safe cities in America

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With fears of falling victim to cyber crime, identity theft and home burglaries topping the list of crime worries among Americans, according to the most recent Gallup polls, the pe...

Published:  Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:41:00 GMT



18 people arrested on various charges after Operation Clean Sweep in Montgomery County

CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Montgomery County Sheriff's Office with assistance ... vehicle burglary, forgery, identity theft, and traffic violations. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to actively servin...

Published:  Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:52:00 GMT



Man pleads not guilty in string of burglaries at gym lockers across O.C.

A man pleaded not guilty Friday to seven felonies, including burglary and identity theft, related to a string of locker break-ins at gyms across Orange County and Corona, court records show. Todd Neub...

Published:  Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:55:00 GMT



126 arrested during 'Operation Triple Beam' in Chattanooga

The USMS said several notable arrests during OTB Chattanooga were: Subject: Antonio Clements Charges: *Gang Member - Gangster Disciple* Possession of Marijuana for Resale, Theft of Property ... Detent...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:56:00 GMT



James Otis Turner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

He was charged with felony theft, identity theft, forgery of checks ... New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans.

Published:  Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:28:00 GMT



Man 'claiming to be a ex-Broncos player' arrested and accused of scamming a woman out of $100k

James Otis Turner was arrested Friday and held at the Douglas County Jail on felony charges of theft, forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation ... practice squad in 2014 before attending Ten...

Published:  Thu, 03 Jan 2019 04:16:00 GMT



Attorney General joins Social Security Administration movement to pre-vent identity theft

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H ... This provision is aimed at addressing "synthetic identity theft," in which identity thieves use real Social Security numbers along with fictitious names and bi...

Published:  Sun, 30 Dec 2018 01:39:00 GMT



Publicity of local check scheme yields more victims; two remain on run

At the end of November, the Pikeville Police Department sought help from the public for an alleged check scam being operated in Pike County by Noble Conn, 48, of Ferguson Lane, Pikeville, and Clevelan...

Published:  Thu, 27 Dec 2018 02:00:00 GMT



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