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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 3 November 2003 
  • Editor Welcome
  • The Newest Staff Membe...
  • Kevin's Corner
  • Just in Time for the H...
  • Identity Theft
  • We-Blocker
  • Welchia Worm on the Lo...
  • Verisign Temporarily S...
  • Horoscopes
  • Joke Of the Month
  • Recipes for the Season
  • Question Of the Month

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  • Identity Theft
    by Carol Hall
    November 2003
    What is Identity Theft?
    Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), bank or credit card account number, or other identifying information without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes.
    How can someone steal my identity?
    Identity thieves may use a variety of low and high tech methods to gain access to your personally identifying information. For example:
  • Stealing Records from their employer
  • Hacking into business computers
  • Rummaging through your trash, the trash of businesses
  • Stealing purses and wallets containing identification, credit and bank cards
  • Stealing mail
  • Complete a "Change of Address Form" to divert mail to another location
  • Steal personal information from your home
    How to Protect Yourself
  • Get a shredder and shred all personal information
  • Don't carry your SS Card in your purse or wallet
  • Order a copy of your credit report every year
  • Do not give out any personal information over the phone, unless you have called the business
  • Take your name off the mailing lists and offers for pre approved credit, you can call 1-888-567-8688 this one call is shared with 3 credit bureaus
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