More than 400,000 people were victims of identity theft last year, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. It could affect you or someone you know at any time.
Identity theft occurs when somebody steals your personal information (credit card numbers, social security number, etc) and poses as you, running up charges or emptying your bank accounts.
It could take months or years to learn if you are a victim. Some people don't find out until they apply for a loan and get turned down because of a bad credit report.
Some ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime are:
Identity Theft Presentations
Highlighting current and past trends of I.D. thefts and scams carried out by criminals. Discussions geared toward reducing victimization and increasing knowledge. Proven techniques taught to reduce your chances of becoming a target of scammers.
Ways to Protect your identity
|U.S. Federal Trade Commission||http://www.ftc.gov/||1-877-438-4338|
|Department of Motor Vehicles||http://www.ct.gov/dmv/site/||1-800-842-8222|
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