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Identity Theft Scams

If you want to find out about the latest identity theft scams you will do best checking the resources on the website of the Federal Trade Commission, the web site of the FBI and the websites of your local Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce. These types of organizations are very concerned with updating individuals about the types of identity theft scams that are out there.

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You should always hang up on a telemarketer. They may tempt you with offers of discounts, free merchandise or advise you that you have won a prize. They may ask for a credit card number for "shipping charges" or for some other phony reason. They may send you shoddy or worthless items or charge your credit card account without ever sending you the goods.  In the meantime they have your credit card number and also possibly other information they may have tricked you into giving them. 

You are vulnerable to identity theft if you do transactions over the phone. Sometimes criminals use technology to eavesdrop on your conversation or they hover around the ATM or payphone eavesdropping on your account number. This cause merchants billions of dollars every year (especially charge backs on credit cards.)  There are also many consumer advocate type groups that can help you learn more about identity theft scams.

Most credit card crime involves lost or stolen cards. Thieves can get your credit cards by robbing your purse or home.  There are also con artists working on the inside in retail stores and restaurant that pay store employees for customers' card numbers and create fake cards to resell on the black market. 

Identity thieves can also steal cards from mailboxes or credit card mailing centers. They intercept pre-approved credit card offers and then apply for credit in your name. If you must apply for a pre-approved credit card put as little information as possible on the application.

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