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Fight Back 9: How to Protect Your Identity

This Fight Back 9 looks at white collar crimes. While police have said they're usually under-reported by the media, they happen more than the general public may realize. In fact, identity theft is being called the crime of the millennium.

Information found on credit cards, a drivers license or a social security card should not be left on the table.  Put in the hands of the wrong person and police have said your identity can be stolen in a matter of seconds.  The internet is one of the first places criminals are hitting.  Sgt. Karen Gaskins with the Columbus police department just returned from a seminar dealing with crimes committed over the internet.  "We have to be careful of who we're dealing with over the internet. Cyberspace is vast and we don't always know who we're talking to on the other end. Just because they tell us their name or the name of their company do we really know that's who we're dealing with?"

Police said there are a few ways to protect your identity.  One, never give out personal information to unfamiliar sources. Two, if a site doesn't have a privacy police, don't use it.  Three, check your credit report on a regular basis, that way you'll know if there's been any unusual actitvity.

The Internet Fraud Complaint Center has teamed up with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center to fight back against acts of fraud (http://www.ifccfbi.gov/).  All you have to do is click on and file a complaint.  Anothersite to check out: www.consumer,gov.idtheft or you can call toll free 1-877-IDTHEFT.

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