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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.


Serial Squatter Gets 6 Years in Prison for Identity Theft

Her husband, 48-year-old William Schwab, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit identity theft in connection with the scheme. A police chief in Tennessee says three officers involved in the sho...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:19:00 GMT

With sexual battery trial looming, NE Tennessee doctor faces 39 new counts of identify theft

24 in Hawkins County Criminal Court. On Aug. 20 Calendine was named in a sealed Hawkins County Grand jury indictment charging him with 39 counts of felony identity theft for allegedly prescribing drug...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 12:46:00 GMT

Deputy charged with wire fraud, identity theft not yet arrested

No arrest has been made in the case against a former McMinn County, Tennessee, detective charged with aggravated identity theft and wire fraud linked to more than $27,000 in purchases made from financ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:08:00 GMT

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--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LegalShield, one of North America's leading providers of affordable legal plans for individuals, families and small businesses, has begun its annual Leaders @ All Levels Convention ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:50:00 GMT

Romanian busted in Oshkosh convicted on federal charges in nationwide skimming scheme

11 on four federal charges: possession of 15 or more access devices and three counts of aggravated identity theft. The federal ... Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia using counterfeit access devices ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:02:00 GMT

Slaughterhouse Owner Owes $1.4M For Immigration Violations

A Tennessee federal judge has allowed him to be released on ... public safety as the use of fraudulent identity documents exposes Americans to potential identity theft and other financial harm," Jere ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:21:00 GMT

Minnesota's top jurist warns citizens of jury duty scam again making the rounds

Gildea said the predators demand money or private information for identity theft purposes. "Counties and district ... John Martin" was making the same calls in Tennessee, Texas, California and Florida ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:11:00 GMT

UPDATE: Former McMinn County detective indicted for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft

Joshua Rhodes, who was employed by the McMinn County Sheriff's Office as a detective, has been indicted on 10 felony counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft ... in the Eastern ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 02:29:00 GMT

Inmates face felonies for phone calls

White was charged with three counts of fifth-degree felony identity fraud and three counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft on Aug. 10 ... McKay, 28, of Alcoa, Tennessee, received suspended jail time ...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:10:00 GMT

2 Sentenced On Wire Fraud, ID Theft Counts

Two co-conspirators in a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft conspiracy involving credit card skimmers ... "skimmers" on gas pumps at various gas stations in northeast Tennessee to steal hundreds ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:30:00 GMT

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