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Letter to the Editor (Independent News Herald)

To the Editor:

Has someone used your personal information to open accounts, steal your tax refund or file fake health insurance claims? That’s identity theft. It can happen to anyone, but simple steps can help lessen the chance it will happen to you.

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit fraud.

The identity thief may use your information to apply for credit, file taxes or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status and cost you time and money to restore your good name.

Keep an eye out for identity theft by reading your statements from credit card companies or banks and credit unions and checking your credit reports for suspicious activity.

Never give out personal or credit card information over the phone to anyone you do not know.

If you would like more information on identity theft, Hands of Hope Resource Center through the Violence Prevention Program, provides community education for all ages, on a wide variety of topics. Best of all, it is free!

If you shop online, receive telemarketer or robocalls or would like more information on scams and fraud, give Hands of Hope Resource Center a call and ask about having a presentation for your group or organization 320-732-2319.

Kimberly Cook

General Crime & Violence

Prevention Coordinator

Hands of Hope Resource Center



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