Identity Theft

 

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Identity Theft Ten Tips

Identity Theft occurs when someone appropriates your personal information to commit fraud or theft. Personal Information can include your name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, address and financial account numbers.

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How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure

Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.

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Here's who to contact if you're a victim of identity theft:

Dallas Police Department
Report identity theft to the Dallas Police call the Forgery Unit at 214-671-3543.  For the Dallas Police Department Forgery Unit Reporting Packet  . . . . . Click Here

FBI
214-720-2200, The Web site is at www.fbi.gov.

Credit bureaus
Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 (toll free) http://www.equifax.com/

Experian:1-888-397-3742 (toll free); www.experian.com/consumer/index.html 

Trans Union: 1-800-888-4213 (toll free); www.transunion.com 

Social Security Administration
The fraud hotline is 1-800-269-0271 (toll free). The Web site is at www.ssa.gov.

Check verification companies

TeleCheck: 1-800-710-9898 (toll free)
Checktronic: 214-758-8600
Check Tech: 214-349-.3000
United Check Control: 713-845-7200

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
1-800-654-8896 (toll free). The Web site is at www.usps.com.

Other helpful resources:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
A nonprofit consumer rights' group that teaches consumers how to protect their privacy. The Web site is at www.privacyrights.org

Identity Theft Prevention and Survival
This Web site was established by California attorney Mari Frank, who was a victim of identity theft www.identitytheft.org

Federal Trade Commission
The FTC's Web site at www.ftc.gov  has valuable information on identity theft. From the FTC's home page, click on "consumer protection" and then "privacy".


Jury Scam

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Scam: Identity thieves trick the unwary into revealing their personal details by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty and warrants for their arrest are being issued.

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Hotel Card-Key Scam

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You know how when you check out of a hotel that uses the credit-card-type room key, the clerk often will ask if you have your key(s) to turn in...or there is a box or slot on the Reception counter in which to put them? It's good for the hotel because they save money by re-using those cards. But, it's not good for you . . . . . .

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