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How To Safeguard Your Personal Information

Monday, 02 June 2003 12:00 AM

In the right criminal hands, your personal information can be more precious than almost any other of your valued possessions!

Think about this: To unscrupulous thugs like identity thieves, your personal information such as your Social Security number, your bank and credit card account numbers, and even your name, address and phone number can be used to commit fraud.

Identity theft, which occurs when someone rips off your personal data for criminal purposes, is the fastest-growing crime in the United States. These identity thieves steal your personal information to open new credit accounts, order merchandise and even borrow money, all in your name and without your authorization or knowledge!

Many times, sadly, innocent consumers are not even aware they have been victimized by identity thieves until they are contacted by collection agencies trying to cover debts they did not even know they had.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) encourages folks to make sure their transactions, both online and off, are secure and that personal information is protected.

Here are some FTC tips to help you protect your personal data:

Identity theft is a particularly ugly crime. A victim of identity theft may have to spend many hours and hundreds of dollars trying to restore his or her good name and reputation. These identity thugs are not just stealing something from you; they are, in effect, stealing “you.”

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“Staying Safe” with Bruce Mandelblit is a regular column for the readers of NewsMax.com and NewsMax.com Magazine.

Bruce welcomes your thoughts. His e-mail address is

Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a nationally syndicated weekly column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention.

Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor – by Gov. Paul E. Patton for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.

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