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  • How Can I Minimize the Risk of Identity Theft?

    Take steps to avoid being a victim of identity theft by: Sign your credit cards upon receipt. Only carry cards that you need. Do not carry your Social Security card. Never write your PIN or Social Security number on anything you are going to throw away. Shred documents containing your Social Security number. Do not […]

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  • The Facts on Identity Theft

    Identity theft occurs when someone uses your bank account number, Social Security number, credit card, or other personal information for his or her own ends. Months can go by before the theft has been discovered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has listed the following ways that imposters can get your personal information and take over […]

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  • What To Do If You Become a Victim of “Phishing”

    Know what steps to take if you are a victim of “phishing” or any other form of identity theft: File a police report. Get a copy of the report to submit to your creditors and others that may require proof of the crime. Contact the fraud departments of any of the three major credit bureaus […]

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  • “Phishing”: What is it and how do I avoid getting hooked by this identity theft bait?

    There is a rapidly growing Internet fraud called “phishing.” Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is a term that refers to fishing for personal information, such as account numbers, passwords, PINs, credit card account or Social Security numbers online. Phishing is quickly becoming one of the most insidious online identity theft scams where fraudulent email messages (spam) are […]

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