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Safety Tip of the Week

Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Crime Solvers offers this safety tip of the week, about identity theft:

If you’ve lost personal information or identification, or if it has been stolen from you, taking certain steps quickly can minimize identify theft.

1. Close accounts immediately. Replace passwords when opening new accounts.

2. Call the toll-free fraud number of any of the three consumer reporting companies and place an initial fraud alert on your credit report.

3. Contact the agency that issued your license or other I.D.s and ask that they flag your file so that no one else can get a license in your name.

4. If your information has been misused then file a police report, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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