Protect Yourself From Identity Thieves
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) People who want to steal your money are getting trickier all the time.
Idaho Legal Aid Services hosted a free conference on identity theft at the College of Southern Idaho. One of the speakers says you need to keep an eye out for things like unusual charges on your credit card or bank account. He says you also need to check your credit report at least once a year.
Dale Dixon, CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Boise, says, "They can turn that identity into a lot of money, and really damage your reputation from a financial standpoint. It makes it hard to buy houses, buy cars, get credit. And then all of a sudden you wake up, and you've got a lot of bills that you don't know anything about, because somebody else has stolen your identity."
Dixon says if someone steals your identity, you need to act quickly. He says you need to contact your bank, and find out how to get your credit report locked down. Dixon says you need to notify the police as well, so they can help you get your life back.
July 12, 2012.