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Identity Theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Identity thieves can rob you of money, time, credit and your reputation.

The Federal Trade Theft and Commission reported in February 2005 that the total number of identity theft and fraud complaints filed rose from 542,000 in 2003 to 635,000 in 2004. The reported attributed dollar loss to consumers as a result of fraud grew to over $547 million.

PrivacyAdvantageSM helps you prevent criminals from tampering with your credit and stealing your identity through a comprehensive early warning system that monitors and reports potential fraudulent activities in your credit file. It can help you get the early jump on would-be thieves before any damage is done to your credit, and your good name.

If you would like further information on how you can protect yourself from identity theft, please contact the following government agencies:

The Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov
Enforces various federal consumer protection laws and seeks to eliminate any unfair practices that may threaten consumers.

The National Institute for Consumer Education:
www.emich.edu
Established in 1973, NICE provides personal finance, economic, and consumer education.

The National Fraud Information Center: www.fraud.org
A non-profit organization established in 1992 to assist in the fight of telemarketing fraud.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation: www.fbi.gov
Founded in 1908, the FBI provides investigative and law enforcement assistance to protect individuals from violations of criminal law.


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