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December 30, 2006

Identity Theft and Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records on the Internet Can Increase Identity Theft

One complicated area of identity theft and how it relates to consumers’ lives has to do with access to medical information. Consumers are becoming more vocal and some are demanding easy access to their own medical records via the Internet. They feel that if they could conveniently access their own medical records they would be able to double check their medical records for accuracy. However, there are many privacy concerns with making medical records available over the internet, and identity theft ranks at the top of the list of concerns.

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December 27, 2006

Identity Theft Reduction Tips You Need to Know

How a Fraud Alert Can Protect You from Identity Theft

Identity theft is a concern during every month of the year, but in the month leading up to Christmas is when nearly 40% of all cases of identity theft occur. It is sometimes easy for criminals to commit identity theft because of the reliance many consumers have on computers and the internet. If you are a computer user and love to surf the web or shop online, you will find the following tips about identity theft prevention and reduction very helpful.

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December 26, 2006

Identity Theft in the News

Colorado Journalist Experiences Frustrations of Identity Theft

The other day I read one of the most informative and compelling articles in that I have seen in a while. It appears that a freelance journalist recently became the victim of an identity theft crime - and she wants her story heard. The following is definitely a story that you will find compelling, and anyone who has suffered identity theft or worries about it can sympathize with the victim.

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December 24, 2006

Identity Theft and Phone Solicitations

How to Avoid Identity Theft by Phone

Recent arrests in an identity theft case in New York really highlight the importance of never giving out any information over the phone to anyone who calls your home, no matter who they claim to be. Identity theft does sometimes occur as the result of information criminals can solicit by phone from unsuspecting individuals who are perhaps just a little too trusting.

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December 23, 2006

Identity Theft and the Holiday Season

Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft This December

Your risk of identity theft during the holidays goes through the roof, so to speak. Identity theft can occur any time of the year, but the busy holiday season puts consumers at a much greater risk for identity theft.

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December 22, 2006

The Link Between Identity Theft and Illegal Immigration

Recent Article Explains Why Identity Theft is on the Rise

There’s no doubt that identity theft has been increasing in recent years, and it has become one of the fastest growing crimes. Identity theft is an ever present threat, and recent developments in the news have led to speculation that identity theft and illegal immigration are connected.

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December 17, 2006

Insurance Companies Now Offer Protection against Identity Theft

What is Identity Theft Insurance?

Identity theft affects millions of Americans every year, and no one is immune to the possibility of becoming a victim of identity theft. If you are unfortunate enough to become the victim of identity theft, you will undoubtedly spend many, many hours trying to clear your name and remedy the situation. Identity theft insurance is one particular product companies have begun to offer consumers in response to the growing threat of identity theft. You might be wondering, though, whether or not you actually need identity theft insurance.

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December 16, 2006

Identity Theft Hollywood Style

The Talented Mr. Ripley Showed Identity Theft at its Worst

Identity theft usually involves a huge loss of time and money for its victims. That can certainly be annoying and frustrating, but it doesn’t seem quite as somber when you consider the worst possible case of identity theft. Hollywood portrayed identity theft at its possible worst in the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Matt Damon. The Talented Mr. Ripley portrayed Damon’s character as a sociopath who murdered several people and then assumed the identity of the young millionaire that he killed. This movie is clearly identity theft portrayed in the worst possible way.

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December 15, 2006

Identity Theft during the Holidays

Packages Left Sitting Outside Your Home Can Encourage Identity Theft

This Christmas season you might want to keep in mind one particular practice that might lead to identity theft. Think of all the packages you may be getting delivered to your home this Christmas season. Perhaps, you work long hours and don’t get home until seven or eight o’clock at night. Any packages that UPS or FedEx delivers might be left sitting out in front of your home for several hours. This can be very tempting to criminals who might be scouting out your neighborhood. It would certainly be a shame to have your Christmas items stolen, but it would be much worse if you became the victim of identity theft too.

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December 12, 2006

Identity Theft and Computer Usage

Criminals Involved in Identity Theft Ring Used File-Sharing Software

Identity theft can occur in numerous ways, but very often a computer is involved in the crime. Not surprisingly, one story that made headlines recently involved identity theft that was committed by using computers. It's just another example of how we have to be very careful of what we store on our computers, how we store it and who we give access to.

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December 11, 2006

Three Quick Identity Theft Tips

Helpful Hints to Reduce Damage Done by Identity Theft

Preventing identity theft requires a complex approach. The following tips will help you avoid identity theft by hindering the ability for criminals to take advantage of you in the event you lose your driver’s license, wallet, or checkbook.

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December 10, 2006

Preventing Identity Theft This Holiday Season

Helpful Hints to Reduce Your Risk of Identity Theft

This holiday season you will undoubtedly be so busy that identity theft might be the farthest concern from your mind. Now, however, is not the time of year when you can slack off taking routine steps that can reduce your risk of identity theft. Now is actually the time when you have to be more concerned. The holidays provide a great time for identity theft criminals to get all the information they need to commit identity theft, and there are several ways that identity theft can occur as a result of all the distractions we experience during the holiday season.

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December 8, 2006

The Growing Threat of Identity Theft

Has Identity Theft in North Carolina Tripled?

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and many states have witnessed an increase of occurrences. North Carolina is one state that has reported identity theft increases in recent years, and if they are any indication of the rest of the world, we're all in trouble.

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December 5, 2006

Printing Company Mishap Increases Identity Theft Risk

How an Honest Mistake Can Lead to Identity Theft

There have been recent events in the news about the possibility of identity theft for specific groups of individuals. One situation occurred fairly recently and has increased the risk of identity theft for the individuals affected by the mishap. It's a prime example of how simple mistakes can lead to identity theft risks.

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December 3, 2006

Identity Theft in Canada

How is the Risk of Identity Theft in Canada Different than in the US?

Identity theft is certainly a risk for consumers in the United States, but it seems that the risk of identity theft might be even greater for consumers in neighboring Canada. In Saskatchewan, public registries are a great source of information for identity theft criminals, and consumers are at risk.

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December 2, 2006

Identity Theft in Johnston County, North Carolina

Taxpayers at Increased Risk for Identity Theft

Identity theft is a concern for all consumers and sometimes consumers can be at risk for identity theft as a result of the mistakes of others. I’ve recently written about a few situations where consumers’ risk of identity theft was increased as a result of errors, and it seems like there is always a new similar story in the news on a regular basis. Computers make our lives easier in many ways, but they also can increase our risk of identity theft.

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