Roy Weddleton
  Concord, NH 03301
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13 Things You Can Do About Identity Theft

Roy Weddleton

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    1. Don't give our personal information over the telephone, by mail over on the Internet unless you initiate the contact and you know with whom you are dealing.

    2. Store personal information in a safe place and tear up all receipts and credit card offers.

    3. Protect your PINs and passwords.

    4. Carry only the minimum amount of identifying information and credit cards.

    5. Pay attention to billing cycles.  If you do not receive a bill, it could mean that the bill was diverted to another address.

    6. Check your account statements carefully each month.

    7. Order your credit report.  You can be charged up to $8.50 by each credit reporting agency (there are three major agencies), although you may be eligible for one free report each year.

    8. Stop pre-approved offers of credit by calling 888-5-OPTOUT.

    9. Get your name off many national direct mail lists by sending your name and address to:

      DMA Mail Preference Service
      PO Box 9008
      Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

    10. Reduce the number of telephone solicitors by sending your name, address and telephone number to:

      DMA Telephone Preference Service
      PO Box 9014
      Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

    11. If you think someone has stolen your identity, call each of the three major credit bureaus.  This puts creditors on alert not to open any other new accounts without first contacting you.  Their phone numbers are:

      TransUnion: (800) 680-7289
      Equifax: (800) 525-6285
      Experian: (888) 397-3742

    12. Call your bank or anywhere you have an account and advise them of possible identity theft and ask them to restrict access to your account.  Change your passwords or even close your accounts and have all new credit cards, ATM cards, checks, etc., issued to you.

    13. File a report with the police and contact the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Hotline at (877) ID-THEFT (438-4338).  They will put your information in a secure database and only share it with other law enforcement agencies.

    If you have questions or want additional information,
    call Attorney Weddleton at 603-228-1360 or e-mail him
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