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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.


Former editor of The Scout Guide Virginia Beach and Norfolk charged with identity theft

The Scout Guide for Virginia Beach and Norfolk had a knack for making everything in its advertising-filled pages look Instagram-ready, from garage door installers to cupcake sellers. But things ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:13:00 GMT

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

Virginia Attorney General: Beware of scammers posing as disaster relief officials

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 19:24:00 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

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

Feds Bust $364 Million Ponzi Scheme Targeting Advisors, Family Offices

Jezierski of Texas, were indicted by the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland on 14 counts, including charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, identity theft and money laundering ... Washingt...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:16:00 GMT

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