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End ID Theft
Fraud, forgery and identity theft are rampant today. Theft of identity often goes hand in hand with credit card fraud and/or check fraud. Criminals can get the information they need to assume your identity from a variety of sources, such as theft of your wallet, theft from your mail box, your trash or from a credit card/bank information statement. Identity thieves may approach you in person, over the Internet or telephone and ask you for information. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard-earned money - cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit.

There are several things you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim: 
  • Check your credit report regularly. Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries and follow through until they are explained or removed 
  • Check your mail daily 
  • Use the post office to send letters and bills 
  • Protect personal information, such as date of birth and social security number 
  • Never use your social security number on your driver's license 
  • Before buying items over the Internet, read the company's security information 
  • Destroy mail before throwing it away. A carelessly-discarded receipt with a credit card number is all it takes to become a victim of identity-theft 
  • Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements in a usable form 
  • Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call 
  • Reconcile your bank account monthly and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately 
  • Keep a list of telephone numbers to call to report the loss or theft of your wallet, credit cards, etc 
  • Report unauthorized financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect them 
  • Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year 
  • If you know of anyone who receives mail from credit card companies or banks in the names of others, report it to local or federal law enforcement authorities

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