Security: A top priority
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime. 2,450 Wisconsinites had their identities stolen in 2007. On average, it is about 3 months before a person even realizes they’ve been victimized. It can happen in many different ways: theft of a purse or wallet, "Dumpster Diving" for personal information you’ve discarded, mail theft, using online data, and even "Shoulder Surfing" when someone looks over your shoulder to steal information.
Many notice a problem when their credit card bills arrive with unauthorized charges. Others learn about it when they find their credit rating has been trashed. The point is, if your identity is stolen, you need to act quickly. You need to contact one of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Their web addresses appear below. Ask that a Fraud Alert be placed on your file and that no credit be granted without your permission.
Please check the additional links below for more information on Identity Theft. It could save you a lot of trouble.
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