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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.


Newport News police search for identity theft suspect

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) - The Newport News Police Department is investigating a case of identity theft. According to police, an unidentified woman used a fake ID to withdraw money from a bank account ...

Published:  Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:57:00 GMT

Local veteran waiting for heart transplant says he was victim of check fraud

NORFOLK, Va. - A local veteran waiting for a heart ... "It stinks, really stinks when a person is a victim of identity theft and has to jump through hoops just to get information," he said.

Published:  Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMT

USPS Informed Delivery: Sign up for this free service in your name before a criminal does!

A typical scan looks like this: Recently, the Secret Service sent a message to law enforcement nationwide with a warning: Seven criminals in Michigan allegedly used the Informed Delivery service to co...

Published:  Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:47:00 GMT

USGA Announces 2019 Executive Committee Nominations

Leading the nominations is Mark Newell, of McLean, Va., who has been nominated to serve a second ... during which time she served as co-chair of the President's Identity Theft Task Force. She also ser...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:30:00 GMT

The Mad Dash to Find a Cybersecurity Force

According to a report released this year by the Identity Theft Resource Center ... With an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and a master's in computer sc...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 12:35:00 GMT

Manafort's former son-in-law charged with new fraud schemes

Jeffrey Craig Yohai, 36, was charged with identity theft and conspiring to commit wire fraud involving a $6 million investment scheme and floating $500,000 in fraudulent checks. At the time, Yohai was ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:12:00 GMT

Virginia Beach couple accused in credit card fraud scheme using Bitcoin

The couple faces 33 fraud charges in Virginia Beach including credit card forgery, defrauding hotels and motels, conspiracy and identity theft. Williams also faces fraud charges in Chesapeake. The cou...

Published:  Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:23:00 GMT

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