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title:Identity Theft – The 1 Most Important Thing You Can Do Now!

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author:Beth Gabriel
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date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:09
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Identity Theft – The one most important thing you can do to protect yourself!
If your credit card is ever stolen, don’t panic. Immediately call the 3 national credit reporting organizations to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. The alert tells every company that checks your credit (as the thief trys to use your credit card) knows your information was stolen, and they will contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
Why is this so important?
By the time most people do this, days after the theft, all the damage had been done. Notifying these 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately, stops thieves dead in their tracks! Now, here are the critical numbers you will need to contact if your purse or wallet is stolen:
(Print these phones numbers now and keep a copy in your coat pocket, suitcase or another safe place that you can find easily if your purse or wallet is stolen.)
a.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
b.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
.) Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
d.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
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