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.

Another Breach of Information

Residents of Johnston County in North Carolina have recently experienced a breach of their personal information. The Johnston County apparently made a serious mistake and personal information including social security numbers of county residents was available online for a period of time until the error was corrected. Apparently, a third-party software vendor included more information than necessary in a computer file, and the information was uploaded to the Internet. As a result, all those individuals whose information appeared online are at an increased risk for identity theft.

The world wide web provides a global audience, and it is scary to imagine just how many people had access to this personal information. Fortunately, steps are being taken to prevent a situation like this from happening in the future.

It is still undetermined just exactly how many taxpayers’ personal information was online, but many taxpayers are affected. As a result, taxpayers are being advised to closely monitor their credit reports in the upcoming months. This will help to reduce the risk of identity theft to some extent.

We All Need to Be Vigilant

Even if you don't live in Johnston County, North Carolina, keeping an eye on your credit report is important. Obviously, if you experienced a situation similar to the one above you would need to be extremely vigilant afterwards. Overall, though, it is always a good idea to keep close tabs on your credit history in order to reduce your risk of identity theft as much as possible.

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