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Posted By Jill Greenberg On November 29, 2007 @ 2:47 pm In Money & Savings | No Comments
There has been some past opining about holiday fears , so I don’t want to continue to scare folks. BUT… you are out there spending and out there using your credit cards, so a reminder to be careful about identity theft. A recent AARP study found that 80 plus percent of those 50 and over are concerned about becoming a victim of identity theft, but just a third had ever read or heard about a security freeze.
One thing you can do is take advantage of a security freeze, which can stop identity thieves from fraudulently opening new lines of credit and bank accounts. More info here , but basically it requires the three consumer reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to block access to a consumer’s credit information and score without the consumer’s express consent or authorization.
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 some past opining about holiday fears: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-greenberg/holiday-stress-what-to-g_b_74217.html
 More info here: http://www.aarp.org/money/wise_consumer/security_freeze_now_available_to_everyone.html
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