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Reporter who covers Identity Theft becomes victim herself

So here’s something interesting to note.
A reporter for the Longmont Times Call (in Colorado), recently became a victim of credit fraud herself.

“As a crime reporter, I had written dozens of stories about identity theft and credit card fraud. I knew what to do. I called credit reporting agencies and told them about my stolen account number to protect my credit rating. I called the police. Then I got antsy. I started investigating the businesses where my money was spent. I soon found out it was going to be harder than making some phone calls and dressing down some careless store managers. The four businesses — Shoe Depot, Tina Fashion, Frank Collection and Photo Creation — where money from my account was spent are in Fontana, Calif., according to my bank statement. So I called the Fontana Police Department. I called the city’s chamber of commerce. I went on the Better Business Bureau Web site. But no one had ever heard of the stores, and the police couldn’t find an address for them. I even left messages for people whose names are connected to two of the “businesses,” which I found on a public information Web site. No one called back. Luckily, my bank sorted out the mess and had money back in my account by 2:30 p.m.”

The article is written under the title of Identity Theft a bitter pill. Fortunately for the reporter, she was only a victim of credit fraud.

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Don’t Fall for Identity Theft Hype!

Actual statistics about online Identity Theft
I found this today and thought I would share it here. It’s a summary from ABA Creative Web Services about a study done on online shopping and Internet-related fraud.
It is a commonly held belief that Internet use increases the chance of Identity theft. Thanks to a study by James Van Dyke this has all proven to be hype. Mr. Van Dyke had a hunch that the belief the Internet was causing an increase in identity theft and credit card fraud was not valid. The research he conducted debunks many of the myths between online activity and ID theft.

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Good News about Identity Theft from Community Dispatch

Here is a direct quote from a little web site (Sponsored by the IRS?) called Community Dispatch.

You Can Help Shut Down Phishing Schemes
The good news is that you can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from the IRS, you can relay that e-mail to a new IRS mailbox, phishing@irs.gov. Follow instructions in the link below for sending the bogus e-mail to ensure that it retains critical elements found in the original e-mail. The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you send to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume, the IRS will not be able to acknowledge receipt or respond to you.

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