Prevent Identity Theft IMPORTANT Information - free federal identity theft info

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The Federal bank, credit union, and thrift regulatory agencies yesterday posted their new Identity Theft information and it is available for you to review and share with your clients and sphere.

If you haven't yet known someone affected by this, the odds are that you will by the end of 2009. Each day, consumer identity theft grows at an alarming pace.

A few key excerpts from the recent release: (note: you can download the brochure in .pdf format via the link below)

You can fight identity theft - Here’s how:

• Never provide personal financial information, including your Social Security number, account numbers or passwords over the phone or the Internet, if you did not initiate the contact.

• Never click on the link provided in an e-mail you think is fraudulent. In addition to stealing your personal information, the link may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.

• Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify financial information.

• If you are unsure whether a contact is legitimate, go to the company’s Website by typing in the site address or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of using a link provided by the e-mail.

• If you fall victim to identity theft, act immediately to protect yourself. Alert your financial institution. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your credit files and account statements closely.

• Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/ edu/microsites/idtheft/, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). To learn more about keeping your money safe, visit the http://www.mymoney.gov/scams. shtml Website.

To download the new brochure click on the link below.
Download the Brochure Here
This is a great piece to share with your clients, incorporate into a direct mail campaign or website / newsletter update, and just share with as many people as you know.

The 'bad guys' are getting smarter and smarter about finding ways to 'steal' this information from YOU - make sure you take steps to protect yourself, the return on that little investment of time and prudence is excellent!

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Tim Mancuso - District Manager
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Great advise!!  Thanks for sharing it!

Dec 23, 2008 01:48 AM #1
Rainer
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Another great tip is to check in on your bank accounts on a daily basis. One can set it up to have access to it, so one of my daily tasks is to check mine to make sure there is no fradulent activity.

A few years ago, such persistence and consistency found such activity, and an immediate call to the bank was able to prevent any long-term or significant short-term damage.

Best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2009.

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