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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.


Police, Fire - April 23

17 p.m. Thursday to a report of identity theft. 2:05 p.m. Sunday - U.S. 31 South, and County Line Road, Greenwood. 11:14 p.m. Saturday - U.S. 31 North, and County Road 15 South, Franklin. Florine ...

Published:  Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:54:00 GMT

Wired for Safety: Biases can hamper cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a global problem and no organization or person in any country are immune to identity theft, intellectual property theft, or experiencing a data or computer breach. I am perturbed ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:14:00 GMT

Trump campaign raised over $30 million in first quarter of 2019

Among Democrats, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ... show's final season premiere had more than 17 million viewers watching the cable network Identity theft has never been this cheap-you can buy anything ...

Published:  Sun, 14 Apr 2019 20:22:00 GMT

Richmond man who enlisted two women for bank holdups sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison

identity theft, assault, abuse or neglect of a child, and assault and battery on a family member, according to authorities. Prosecutors said Welton was facing a heroin distribution charge and was free ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:34:00 GMT

Blythe man defrauded donors of more than $250,000 with fake Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke websites, prosecutors say

An 80-year-old Blythe man was charged this week with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft after federal prosecutors say he ... prosecutors said, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:18:00 GMT

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