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Identity Theft in Virginia

Virginia MapWere you one of the more than five thousand Virginians victimized by identity theft in a recent 12-month period? If so, you know all too well the damaged caused by this type of crime. Victims of identity theft often experience extreme stress and difficulty as they work to recover their stolen funds, credit ratings, and good reputations; the process can take many months or even years to erase the effects of this intrusion.

Criminals in Virginia are targeting residents hoping to steal their social security numbers, birth dates, and other identifying information; these details are used to get pricey medical treatment, like cosmetic surgery and joint replacements; to obtain employment in spite of criminal convictions, by using a stranger's clean record; to open lines of credit to make expensive purchases; and also to file fraudulent tax returns, walking away with the refunds so desperately needed by taxpayers.

If you are fortunate enough not to have experienced identity theft, do you how to protect yourself from becoming a victim? Many Virginia residents are turning to Identity Theft Protection services to safeguard their personal information. For a low fee, these companies watch customers' social security numbers, accounts, and other details around-the clock, flagging any suspicious activity immediately and blocking any other attempts. Customers also have knowledgeable help on hand should any breach occur, recovering their identities in a matter of days rather than months or years.

It is also critical that you protect yourself by securing your personal details. If you are in the habit of sharing private information on Facebook or other social media sites, you may be giving criminals the information they need to bypass your passwords and access your accounts by giving correct answers to "challenge" questions. Online and offline, "less is more" - unless you absolutely must, don't disclose your identifying information (e.g .social security number, birth date, address) to anyone.

With the help of Identity Theft Protection services and by making smart decisions with your private information, you can protect yourself against identity theft in Virginia.

 

Police arrest two after a summer "˜rash' of thefts from vehicles in Northern Virginia

Thefts from automobiles are notoriously difficult to stop, but in recent days, authorities in one Northern Virginia jurisdiction have reported ... three counts of identity theft and one count of attem...

Published:  Sat, 08 Sep 2018 20:19:00 GMT



Arlington Mall Heist Fails Spectacularly: Police

ARLINGTON, VA -- An attempted heist by two men at the ... grand larceny: shoplifting, identity theft, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Burley is charged with ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:18:00 GMT



AG: Beware of scammers posing as disaster relief officials: "˜It's a shame'

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring ... so it can be used to commit fraud and identity theft. Herring said disaster officials will not call residents and ask for personal ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:14:00 GMT



Sheriff, attorney general's staff holds "˜scam session' in Henry County

Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission reported that Virginia ranked 13th highest among states per 100,000 population for fraud and other reports and 20th highest in identity theft reports. Virginia ...

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 02:15:00 GMT



Local men in custody after rash of larcenies in Loudoun County

Two northern Virginia men are in custody after a multi-jurisdictional ... one count of attempt to obtain money by false pretenses, three counts of identity theft and one count of attempted identity th...

Published:  Fri, 07 Sep 2018 12:11:00 GMT



Should government expand its ID proofing role

The Obama-era Commission on Cybersecurity's December 2016 report recommended the government explore identity validation as a way to combat identity theft ... Va., and served as a college sports ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:24:00 GMT



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