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Identity Theft in Vermont

Vermont MapVermont has the seventh lowest rate of identity theft in the United States, with approximately 44 cases reported for every 100,000 people in the state population. In one recent year, 277 Vermonters claimed to have been victims of this type of crime.

For those who wish to protect themselves more thoroughly against having their personal information stolen and used by criminals, Identity Theft Protection services offer customers around-the-clock supervision of their social security numbers, addresses, and other account numbers, flagging any potentially unauthorized activity and making sure any breaches are stopped before they can escalate into larger-scale problems.

Vermonters can also be sure to protect their identity using a few simple strategies. Keeping track of their social security numbers - one of thieves' favorite data points for obtaining new lines of credit, getting employment, and even filing false tax returns to claim taxpayer refunds for themselves - is an excellent safeguard. Social security cards should not be regularly carried in wallets and purses, but rather left at home.

For those who use Medicare, a copy of the card can be made and carried along, with all but the last four digits of the SSN blacked out on the copy. Also, when preparing to discard a laptop or other device, Vermonters should make sure to take any steps recommended by the manufacturer to clear personal data before the device goes to another user or is recycled. Finally, even something as small as removing labels from prescription medication bottles before recycling them can stop would-be thieves from getting information they need.

If a Vermonter believes that they have been the victim of identity theft, they should file a report both with the local police department as well as the Federal Trade Commission.

While identity theft is not as common in Vermont as it is in many other states, it is still wise for residents to take the precautions they can to make it even less likely that they will be impacted by this kind of criminal activity.


Gibson Gleanings: Elder Abuse & Exploitation Office to present program on scams

An excellent program on scams and identity theft will be presented by the Elder Abuse & Exploitation ... My husband and I will be enjoying the delights of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and beautiful downtown Li...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:28:00 GMT

Middlebury Police Log: Officers conducted a welfare check on East Road

In other action last week, Middlebury police: " Were informed of the theft of a construction sign from a yard ... of justice in the Elm Street area on Aug. 27. " Assisted Vermont State Police in findi...

Published:  Thu, 06 Sep 2018 08:13:00 GMT

Airbnb host tips police to alleged identity theft after finding IDs

REGINA - An Quebec man faces charges of identity theft after police say an Airbnb host in Regina found several pieces of identification with the same photo, but with different names and addresses. Pol...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 02:51:00 GMT

What should you do if you're a victim of identity theft

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It was a data breach so massive, every American should assume their information has been compromised. The credit reporting company Equifax says it was hacked last summer, exposi...

Published:  Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Study Finds Californians Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft, Fraud

States' policies to deter fraud and identity theft also contributed up to 5 percent to their overall scores. California tied Rhode Island and Vermont for the most money lost to online identity theft p...

Published:  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:19:00 GMT

Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Seminar at Thirwood Place

Protect yourself from identity theft and fraud! Learn about online safety ... will be joined by Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern MA, ME, VT and RI as they discuss these topics ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:21:00 GMT

FOX43 Finds Out: Protecting yourself from tax ID theft after the Equifax data breach

HARRISBURG, Pa -- Recent data breaches, including the Equifax breach, have some people worried about tax identity theft this year. Especially because if you become a victim, there may not be a quick f...

Published:  Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:01:00 GMT

Officials: No identity theft reported from database breach

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials have received no reports of identity theft or harm from Vermonters following a breach in the state's job search database in March that officials said could affect abou...

Published:  Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:22:00 GMT

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