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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.


Ashland City woman sentenced to 4 years in prison on fraud, identity theft charges

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) - An Ashland City woman was sentenced Monday for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 39-ye...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:53:00 GMT

TN's new consumer protection laws that you'll want to know about

New consumer protection laws, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, mean residents will now have greater protection from military impersonators, improved assistance when recovering from identity t...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:11:00 GMT

Tennessee Consumers Have New Levels of Protection

says the Tennessee General Assembly passed several consumer laws earlier this year that provide greater protection from military impersonators, improve assistance when recovering from identity theft a...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 04:35:00 GMT

Five new laws protecting Tennessee consumers

Authorizes the department of safety to charge a reasonable duplicate license fee for a victim of identity theft. Public Chapter 595: Establishes that a consumer reporting agency shall not charge a Ten...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:32:00 GMT

PHI of 18,000 UMCP Patients at Risk in Healthcare Data Breach

Tennessee-based Alive Hospice said July 13 that unauthorized ... The healthcare provider is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to those affected by the breach. Ida...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:32:00 GMT

Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison

The identity theft victim, identified in court documents as "T.G ... of Missouri and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Raybould of the Middle District of Tennessee (formerly of the Department of Justice Ta...

Published:  Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:15:00 GMT

New Tennessee laws aim to protect consumers

Authorizes the department of safety to charge a reasonable duplicate license fee for a victim of identity theft. Public Chapter 595: Establishes that a consumer reporting agency shall not charge a Ten...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:25:00 GMT

Crime Report: Burglary victim believes thief accessed home by using garage door remote control

Identity theft: 4800 block of Grand Avenue. A man reported that on June 28 he'd been notified by his AAA fraud detection service that someone had opened numerous credit cards and applied for a loan in ...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:30:00 GMT

Tractor trailer crashes into sheriff's office car on I-57 in Union Co., IL

The driver of the semi, John Terrell Henley, 56, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee was charged with failure to yield ... Kevin Dorsey as the interim president of the university. Forgery, identity theft sus...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:00:00 GMT

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