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Identity thieves use several methods to obtain
personal information about their victims.
How an Identity Thief Operates:
If you, or someone you know is a victim of Identity Theft please contact:
The Federal Trade Commission– 1-877-ID THEFT
The Federal Trade Commission can be accessed on the web at:
Tips that may reduce Identity Theft
Identity thieves will go through garbage to obtain personal information about you.
Be sure to shred old bank statements, credit statements, credit card offers
as well as junk-mail.
In Massachusetts, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report each year. You can request your free copy by contacting one of these three Credit Reporting Companies either by telephone, or on the web:
Equifax- 1-800-685-1111 www.equifax.com
Experian– 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com
TransUnion– 1-800-916-8800 www.transunion.com
Your SSN is the key to your credit. Never print your SSN on your checks.
In Massachusetts, you can request a license identification number to
replace your SSN on your license. You can use your license number
when writing or cashing checks.
Never give your credit card number or personal information out to anyone
over the phone unless you have initiated the call and trust that business.
This includes requests for your mother´s maiden name.
Do not keep SSN cards, extra credit cards or other important identification documents in your wallet or purse, except when they are needed.
If a thief obtains these, he has ready access to all of your accounts.
Copy both sides of everything contained in your wallet. In the event that
your purse or wallet is stolen, you will be able to provide accurate account
numbers to the proper authority.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the federal law enforcement branch
of the U.S. Postal Service. It´s primary jurisdiction covers all matters that
infringe on the integrity of the U.S. Mail.
Since most identity theft involves the U.S. Mail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has become a lead agency in investigating incidents of identity theft.
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of identity theft that involves
the U.S. Mail, report it to the Boston Division of the
U.S. Postal Inspection Service which is located at:
495 Summer Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02210-2214
Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
32 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301