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Identity Theft and Fraud PreventionIdentity Theft and Fraud Prevention
Identity Theft and Fraud can happen to anyone with a Social Security number, but is a growing problem for person’s over 55 years old. Older adults are susceptible to this crime for what ever reason. There are steps that a person can take to protect themselves from identity theft or fraud. Being aware of types of frauds that are geared towards older adults will help you safe guard your identity from criminals. Having a good name is worth keeping and fighting for.
This section is to provide information to protect one's identity from theft and fraud.
Federal Trade Commission- Avoid ID Theft
Federal Trade Commission provides the following information about Identity Theft
What is identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft.
The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make—or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.
Get Off my Back- How to say NO to telemarketers, computer spam and junk mail
Senator Mimi Walters has a pamphlet on How to say No to Telemarketers, computer spam and junk mail.
Identity theft can happen if you don't safeguard your mail
For more information contact one of the following agencies.
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
FirstGov for Consumers
California Attorney General's Office
Department of Consumer Affairs
Office of Privacy Protection