7/27/2006

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious problem in Colorado and around the nation, and keeps growing as scammers think of new and creative ways of tricking their victims. The best defense against identity theft is to be aware of scams such as phishing (scam emails that ask for your bank account and other personal information) and phone calls pretending to be law enforcement or some other "trustworthy" institution, asking for your personal info over the phone. There are various other schemes such as theft of mail, check washing, etc.

The State of Colorado website has various resources identity theft, including the legal issues and how to protect yourself:
-Identity theft concerning motor vehicles/drivers license
-Issue Brief: Identity Theft with Social Security Numbers
-Office of the Attorney General, identity theft page
-Colorado Bureau of Investigation: What Should I Do if I Become a Victim of Identity Theft?

Searching "identity theft" in the state homepage will yield other helpful sites as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. Until reading the Colorado Bureau of Investigation resource I didn't realize that Colorado allowed residents to freeze their credit reports whether or not they're victims of identity theft.

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