Identity Theft Prevention

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    Programs that attempt to reduce the incidence of identity theft by making people aware of the means by which thieves obtain the personal information they use to assume another's identity and steps that can be taken to protect that information. Suggestions include regularly reviewing credit reports for fraudulent accounts; destroying important papers including pre-approved credit applications and credit card receipts using a crosscut shredder; taking care at ATM machines and in other public venues that there are no observers stealing PIN numbers or eavesdroppers recording information provided orally; picking up new checks rather than having them mailed home; omitting telephone numbers from checks; mailing bill payments from a post box rather than a home mailbox; regularly monitoring bank statements; and other similar precautions. Identity theft occurs when someone fraudulently obtains private information about an individual, e.g., his or her Social Security number, uses it to apply for credit in that person's name, runs up large bills and then disappears without paying the bills leaving the victim with ruined credit. Identity thieves may also purchase expensive medical services in the victim's name or give the victim's name and personal information to a law enforcement officer during an investigation or upon arrest leaving the individual vulnerable to large medical bills or subject to arrest.

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    Economic Crime Unit - Denver City and County District AttorneyEconomic Crime Unit investigates and prosecutes organized criminal activity, complex financial crimes, identity theft, theft, forgery, credit and debit card fraud, securities fraud, computer crime, embezzlement, public corruption, and election fraud. This unit also presents cases to the Denver Grand Jury.Denver CountyDenver City and County District AttorneyDenver City and County District Attorney
    Identity Theft - Federal Trade is the federal government's one-stop resource for identity theft victims. Use the website tools to: - Know your rights - Warning Signs of Identity Theft - What to do if your info is lost or stolen - Sample Letters - Create Personal Recovery Plan - Browse Recovery Steps - Helpful Contact Info Out of State600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, NWFederal Trade Commission
    Identity Theft Restoration and Consultation - LegalShieldProvides privacy and security monitoring, consultation, and comprehensive identity restoration to assist clients in recovering from identity theft.Denver CountyLegalShieldLegalShield
    ID Theft - Identity Theft Resource CenterSupports victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cyber security, scams/fraud and privacy issues.Out of State3625 Ruffin RoadIdentity Theft Resource Center

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