Identity Fraud Warning

Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. February 9, 2011 - The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents about Identity Fraud and provide information about how persons can reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity fraud. A person can have their identity stolen in a number of ways. Often suspects will obtain personal information from dumpsters, by stealing mail, in purses and wallets, or by posing as someone who would legitimately request that type of information.

People can minimize their risk by adopting a “need to know” approach about giving out their personal information. NEVER give out credit card information or personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the internet unless you initiated the contact or know who you are dealing with. Pay attention to billing cycles. A missing credit card bill could indicate a thief has stolen your account and possibly changed the billing address. Always remember to shred documents, bills, receipts, and credit offers.

If you do become a victim of identity fraud immediately contact your bank or Credit Card Company, freeze fraudulent accounts, contact a credit reference agency and notify law enforcement.




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