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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 pleads guilty in attempt to use stolen ID to buy vehicle at Glenview dealership, prosecutors say

A Chicago man has been sentenced to five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to felony forgery and identity theft charges for using a Nashville ... were actually from a man in Nashville, ...

Published:  Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:21:00 GMT

Attorney sentenced for stealing more than $1M from clients' trust funds

(WTVF) - A Dickson attorney has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $1 million from his clients' trust funds, including that of a fallen Tennessee Highway ... tax fraud and ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:01:00 GMT

Tennessee attorney sentenced for stealing over $1M from trust funds of clients including slain trooper's daughter

Jackie Garton, 54, had pleaded guilty to wire fraud, tax fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to 92 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:11:00 GMT

Dickson attorney sentenced to 92 months for defrauding victims including deceased trooper's daughter

DICKSON, TN (WSMV) - A Dickson attorney was sentenced in federal ... Garton was charged in December 2018 with wire fraud, tax fraud, and aggravated identity theft and pleaded guilty to all the charges ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:57:00 GMT

Dozens charged in major opioid takedown across 11 states

One doctor charged in Tennessee allegedly prescribed approximately 4.2 million ... to release a redacted version of the special counsel's report Thursday morning Identity theft has never been this ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:18:00 GMT

Crime Report: Burglar scared off when he encounters resident in her La Canada home

Theft by false pretenses: 900 block of Coral Way ... the IRS and reciting the last four numbers of her Social Security number. A victim of tax-related identity fraud two years earlier, the victim ...

Published:  Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:05:00 GMT

Weather radio transmitters down across the TN Valley

Investigators say 29-year-old Dean Kyle Geiger faces charges of burglary, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, illegal possession of a debit card, and identity theft.

Published:  Sat, 13 Apr 2019 06:55:00 GMT

Woman accused of breaking into vehicle, using stolen credit cards for mall shopping spree

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police say a woman went on a shopping ... Fitch was arrested and charged with car burglary, property theft, identity theft and fraudulent use of credit or debit card.

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:46:00 GMT

Arrests, incidents reports for April 12-14, 2019

Identity theft; forgery, third degree (two counts); possession of a forged instrument, third degree (two counts); fraudulent use of credit/debit card: Elizabeth A. Chalfant, 37, of Smithville, ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:52:00 GMT

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