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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.


Bear roams through Vermont hotel

KILLINGTON, Vt. - A hotel manager in Vermont had quite a surprise ... "In addition to the fact that young adults take the longest to detect identity theft, there is a lot of opportunity for scammers t...

Published:  Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:49:00 GMT

State Data Breach Notification Laws - Overview of Requirements for Responding to a Data Breach - Updated July 2018

VT Account #, credit card #, or debit card # (alone) - if information compromised would be sufficient to perform or attempt to perform identity theft against the person whose information was compromis...

Published:  Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Dog Day: A Moment on the Campaign Trail

We trust that the boffins' self-assurance will be validated this time. Meanwhile, Vermont will enjoy another year under the old system and its wide-open back door to identity theft. About a year ago, ...

Published:  Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:27:00 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:  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:12:00 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 ...

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

Columbia Co. investigators are seeing an increase in identity theft

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) - Columbia County investigators say they have seen an increase in identity theft. Investigator Marc Cappa says credit and debit cards, social security numbers and checks ar...

Published:  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:07:00 GMT

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