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Fraud: Identity Theft. G.1 List and explain consumer protection laws, including credit reporting, debt collection, and privacy. G.2 Define common, unfair and deceptive practices such as: bait and switch, usury, identity theft, deceptive service estimates, fraudulent misrepresentations.

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fraud identity theft
Fraud: Identity Theft

G.1 List and explain consumer protection laws, including credit reporting, debt collection, and privacy.

G.2 Define common, unfair and deceptive practices such as: bait and switch, usury, identity theft, deceptive service estimates, fraudulent misrepresentations.

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what is identity theft
What is Identity Theft?
  • It occurs when someone steals your personal information – e.g., credit card or Social Security number – and uses it fraudulently.
  • It can cost you time and money.
  • It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name.
how does it happen
How Does It Happen?

Identity thieves may:

  • Go through your trash or “dumpster dive”
  • Steal your wallet or purse
  • Steal your mail or submit a change of address form for your mail
  • Use “phishing” or fake emails to get you to provide personal information
  • Steal personnel records from their employers

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what can you do
What Can You Do?

DETER

  • Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

DETECT

  • Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial

accounts and billing statements.

DEFEND

  • Defend against identity theft as soon as you suspect a problem.

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deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information
DETER identity thieves by safeguarding your information.
  • Shred financial documents before discarding them
  • Protect your Social Security number
  • Don’t give out personal information unless you’re sure who you’re dealing with
  • Don’t use obvious passwords
  • Keep your information secure
what can thieves do with a stolen identity
What Can Thieves Do with a Stolen Identity?
  • On top of running up charges on a credit card, identity thieves may also use your personal information to get:
    • New credit cards
    • Wireless phone accounts
    • Cable
    • Utility services
    • Loan
    • Government benefits
    • Medical services
what should i do if i become a victim of identity theft
What Should I Do If I Become a Victim of Identity Theft?
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion
  • Notify any businesses where the thief used your personal data.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Consider filing a report with local police so you can provide a copy to creditors.
should i file a police report if my identity is stolen
Should I File a Police Report If My Identity is Stolen?
  • The police will help you provide a copy to creditors.
  • However, you may not need to file a report with the police if you can work with companies to resolve any inaccurate information.
how long can the effects of identity theft last
How Long Can the Effects of Identity Theft Last?
  • It depends on many factors including the type of theft, whether the thief is caught and if there are problems related to correcting your credit report.
detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements
DETECT suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.

Be alert

Mail or bills that don’t arrive.

Denials of credit for no reason.

Inspect your credit report

Law entitles you to one free report a year from each nationwide

credit reporting agencies if you ask for it

Online: www.AnnualCreditReport.com; by phone: 1-877-322-8228;

or by mail: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281,

Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Inspect your financial statements

Look for charges you didn’t make.

work cited
Work Cited

Adamson, John. Law for Business and Personal Use. Mason: South-Western, 2004

Cashman, Shelly. Microsoft Office Publisher 2003. Boston: Course Technology, 2004. pg. 330.

Microsoft Software Forum Network.

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=126220

Welcome to Publisher 2003! Course Boston: Course Technology, 2004. http://www.scsite.com/off2003/index.cfm?action=product&product=Publisher

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