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Stomp out identity theft

Want to avoid identity theft? Take control of your personal information. You don't have to get junk mail or telemarketing calls -- opt out, speak up and be vigilant. Some details are out of your control, but you can do your best to protect yourself with these tips.

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Don't let your guard down
10 things anyone can find out about you
Almost anyone can find out seemingly private information about you, including your real estate holdings and your speeding-ticket history.
Plus: The latest ID theft scams
 
Who needs to know your Social Security number?
Uncle Sam and a very few others. Guard it closely.
 
Sign up for the national 'do-not-call' registry
You can block unwanted telemarketing calls.
 
Opt-out for privacy
Annual privacy notices allow consumers the opportunity to cut out information sharing.
Plus: A privacy 'opt out' form letter
 
ID theft takes on new faces
An ounce of awareness is the key to identity theft prevention.
Plus: How to protect your identity
 
All it takes is one slip (of paper) for an identity thief to strike
Shoulder-surfing and dumpster diving are not sporting events.
 
Old address + new credit card = danger
Moving? Always let your creditors know.
 
Wipe that hard drive before tossing computer
Go way beyond pressing the delete key when covering your digital tracks.
 
Californians, get a credit lock-down!
Freeze your credit report so no one can open any form of credit in your name.
 
 
-- Posted: Aug. 22, 2003
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