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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.


NEFCU'S may 2018 shred fest destroys over seventeen tons of sensitive documents

WILLISTON, VT (May 10, 2018) - Each year, New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) hosts free, open-to-the-public Shred Fest events at its main branch in Williston to help people protect themselves against identity theft by destroying documents ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 12:25:00 GMT

The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 04:10:00 GMT

New Medicare cards in the mail; beware of scams

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Tom Boyd lives at Fern Hill in Burlington ... According to the most recent data from the Department of Justice, identity theft involving seniors 65 and older jumped to 2.6 million from 2.1 million between 2012 and 2014.

Published:  Wed, 09 May 2018 14:54:00 GMT

May 16 Police Reports

1:40 a.m.: Calvin Wade Comfort, 27, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, felony resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor identity theft ... of the 1600 block of South Vermont Avenue, was arrested ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 06:00:00 GMT

Tax scams are on the rise - here's which states are most and least at risk for identity theft

Tax fraud is top of mind during tax season, but identity theft affects Americans year-round. Both identity theft and credit card fraud have a national average cost between $2,500 and $3,000. Nevada is the worst state for these financial crimes, while ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:53:00 GMT

N.H. Fugitive Arrested in Vermont

White River Junction - A fugitive from justice from New Hampshire who had been working for a home cleaning service in Vermont pleaded not guilty last week to allegations that she committed identity theft and stole from clients in Woodstock. Tara ...

Published:  Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:00:00 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 per capita, 44 times the amount per person of those ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:12:00 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, exposing millions of Americans, including more than 240,000 ...

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

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