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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says Credit Freeze Laws Provide Protection for Identity Theft Victims

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) wants to make consumers aware that Identity theft is on the rise in Tennessee, and it’s costing residents.

A recent report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows a more than 20% increase of identity theft in the Volunteer State last year as 6,808 Tennesseans reported being a victim of identity theft.

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Representative Joe Pitts Files Legislation in the Second Session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, who is completing his 6th and final term serving House District 67 in the Tennessee House of Representatives, filed several pieces of his legislative package this week.

Dual Enrollment Grants – House Bill 1495/Senate Bill 1676 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) will eliminate the one-year Tennessee residency requirement for a dual enrollment grant; but still requires that a student be a Tennessee resident on the date of application for, or for renewal of, a dual enrollment grant.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Do’s & Don’ts in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With over 3 million Tennesseans’ sensitive information exposed in a data breach at the credit reporting firm Equifax, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division wants to help vulnerable consumers plan a course of action to protect themselves from scammers aiming to mine their data through bogus websites and phishing calls.  

According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and exposed the data of over 143 million Americans.

According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and exposed the data of over 143 million Americans.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol gives Tips to Protect Your Identity

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – Equifax, one of the nation’s three main credit bureaus suffered a data breach from mid-May through July 2017, exposing 143 million U.S. customer’s personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers. 

In light of recent data breaches involving Equifax and other companies, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Identity Crimes Unit would like to provide you with some actions you can take if you suspect you may be the victim of identity theft.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says It’s Never Too Early To Protect Children’s Information

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – Identity thieves don’t care whether their victims are old or young.  All they care about is stealing valuable information they can use in their frauds and schemes.

As the new school year kicks into high gear, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds busy parents not to take their children’s personal information for granted or falsely assume that identity thieves won’t target their children.

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Urges Parents to Learn Good ID Protection Habits.

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Urges Parents to Learn Good ID Protection Habits.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Urges Parents To Protect Children From Identity Fraud

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division encourages parents to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on Friday, November 20th by learning to protect children from identity fraud.

While the Tennessee Privacy of School Records Laws, Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-504 (2015), generally protect the privacy of student records, parents should adopt some good habits in their everyday lives to help safeguard their children. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumers Union looks into problems with credit reports, credit scores in letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about problems with credit reports and credit scores, including the challenges consumers face in correcting errors on their reports.

Pamela Banks, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “Credit report errors are far too common and consumers are paying a high price for scores that are likely not used in the marketplace.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announces New Oversight for Big Credit Reporting Companies

 

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule giving the financial watchdog more oversight of credit bureaus, which generate billions of credit reports each year.

Beginning this fall, the CFPB will take a closer look at the 30 largest credit reporting agencies, including the big three — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion —to ensure accuracy and compliance with the law. The move marks the first time that a federal agency will have a hand in overseeing the credit reporting industry. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Montgomery County School System recommends Students and Employees take action to protect Identity and Credit

 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School SystemMontgomery County, TN – This notification regarding the hacking of Clarksville Montgomery County School System data is going to all employees’ and students’ telephone contact numbers to best ensure that the message is received.

It is important for all employees, former employees, current and former students to know that it is recommended that action should be taken to protect your identity and credit. «Read the rest of this article»

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Americans Still Owe Billions to Credit Cards

 

From the Southeast to the Northwest, All Regions Impacted

EquifaxAtlanta, GA – While Americans continue to pay off debts and reduce spending, Equifax, one of the leading nationwide credit reporting agencies, finds many households still carry a heavy debt burden – in some cases owing up to 17 percent of their income to credit card companies alone*.

No one region of the country is shouldering the credit card debt burden – Equifax found the top 50 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) hardest hit by credit card debt, as a percentage of income owed in 2010, are clustered in six states across the country: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington and California. «Read the rest of this article»

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