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Column: Are you vulnerable to Identity Theft?
by Officer Larry Jacobs
June 07, 2012 03:07 PM | 1732 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officer Larry Jacobs
Officer Larry Jacobs
Did you know that Identity Theft is the fasted growing crime in the US? Everyday, the SSPD gets reports of ID Theft. Most of the victims have no idea how their information was obtained and many of them don't know how to protect themselves. There is no 100% foolproof way to protect yourself, but there are some ways to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

The first thing you should do is to take a free 10 question test from Kiplinger's at HTTP:// The test gives you a good indication on how up to date you are about ID Theft.

I would then do a Credit Freeze. This low cost prevention method locks your credit so that if your private information is obtained, it makes it harder for credit to be opened using that information. You can find out more about a credit freeze at; or by going to the sites at Trans-Union, Equifax or Experian.

Make sure your computer has up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Make sure you Window or Mac software is updated. Lastly, you should be using a firewall. Use complicated passwords and change them often.

Be very careful about who you give your social security number to and never carry your social security card with you.

Keep you wallet or purse in a safe place at all times.

These are just a few suggestions.

Officer Larry Jacobs is the Crime Prevention Officer for the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be contacted directly at

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