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AARP Bulletin Consumer Alert

Angie's List "More than 300,000 Homeowners in 33 major cities use Angie's List for ratings and reviews on: Handymen, Electricians, Plumbers, Housecleaning, Landscapers, Roofers, HVAC, Tree Service, Remodeling, Decks & Porches, Carpet Cleaning, & Painting"

Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network     "Consumer Sentinel is the unique investigative cyber tool that provides members of the Consumer Sentinel Network with access to millions of consumer complaints."

Google Name Alert   See who is "Googling" your name!


Article:

"Another Phine Kettle of Phish: Identity Theft Prevention "Information Today, Inc., by Carol Ebbinghouse, Law Librarian California, Second District Court of Appeal, Los Angeles, Calif.

"Avoiding Identity Theft: A Primer" The Biz Report by The Washington POST

"Banking on the Web: Risky Business?" PC World, Monday, January 30, 2006; 6:10 PM

"Two Credit Card Scams to Watch Out For" By Scambusters.org

Fraud and Identity Theft Complaints - Consumers Age 50 and Over By the Consumer Sentinel , U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

"Helping Victims of Identity Theft" A paper by Anne Wallace, Identity Theft Assistance Corporation.

"How to Handle Checking Account Fraud" By IdentityTheftfFixes.com

How to Read Credit Reports From The Three National Credit Bureaus By Tenant Screening Services

ID Theft Expert: A Consumer’s Guide to ID Theft Awareness and Avoidance

"Identity Theft, 2004"

"Identity Theft. Are You Prepared? Identity Theft Prevention" By Robert Sherman. Has links to other sites.

Identity Theft Prevention Georgia Stop Identity Theft Network

"ID thieves identifying how to get your info" Boston Herald. By Jay Fitzgerald, Sunday, April 25, 2004

"Identity Theft Prevention:Education and Instruction" By WhiteCannon.com

ID Theft: Strategies and Help for Fighting Back Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

"Identity Theft: What Me Worry?" PC Magazine, March 2, 2004

"Identity Theft: The Scary Truth"PC Magazine, Sept. 3, 2003

"Knee Deep in Debt" By the Federal Trace Commission (FTC).

"Online criminals using worm to hook accounts" The Baltimore Sun. By Scott Shane, Sun Staff, Originally published April 25, 2004.

OUCH Report On Identity Theft and Attacks On User

Pump & Dump Con: Tips for Avoiding Stock Scams on the Internet U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

"Public Advisory: Special Report for Consumers on IDENTITY THEFT" U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)

RipOffReport.com

"Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft" Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

"Teaching Information Evaluation Skills" By Genie Tyburski, Web Manager, The Virtual Chase® An outstanding article as are all writing by Ms. Tyburski!

"Three Steps to Identity Theft Protection" By IdentityTheftfFixes.com

"Warning: Look Out for the eBay Scam" PC Magazine, Dec. 3, 2003

"Web of Crime Series" A Five Part Series by PC World, Monday, August 22, 2005.

"Your Access to Free Credit Reports" Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

"Your Credit Matters"


Associations:

Consumers Union.Org

Southern California Fraud Investigators' Association

Florida Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Central Florida Chapter

Auto dealer scam. org Rip-Off Nation-Auto Dealers' Swindling of America


Bank ATMs Converted to Steal IDs of Bank Customers


Better Business Bureau:

BBB Wise Giving Guide Check out a Charity Before You Donate Your Hard Earned Money!

BBB Business Check Use to check out a business!

BBB Home Page


Bibliography of Federal, State, Consumer and News Resources on Identity Theft LRX.com

Booklet: "ID Theft: When Things Happen to Your Good Name" Published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Card Cops.com $$$ Fee Based $$$. Notified you if your credit cards have been compromised.

Car Flood Check Check to see if a car you are considering buying has been in a flood (which can make the car inoperable over time)! By Car Fax.

Center for Identity Management and Protection Protection Utica College

Charities


Check Fraud:

CheckRite 800-766-2748

ChexSystems 800-428-9623

Cross Check 707-586-0551

Equifax 800-437-5120

FakeCheck.org By the National Consumers League (NCL),

National Check Fraud Center

National Check Fraud Center: "Legal Ways to Locate Bank Accounts"

National Processing Co. (NPC) 800-526-5380

SCAN Check Verification and Collection Service 800-262-7771

TeleCheck 800-366-2425

Ten Ways to Stop Bad Checks By Red Triangle Enterprises, Inc.


Child Identity Theft:

"Child Identity Thefts Up"      By Gracie Bonds Staple, An Article In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Section D, Living, page 1, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

AllClear ID Alert Network      "... Free ChildScan Report."

Book: "Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Needs to Know" by Virginia State Police Officer Robert Chappell. Available from Amazon.com

Child Identity Theft    Bt the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)


Chuck Whitlock" Chuck Whitlock, the world's leading scam-buster, wises you up to the incredible variety of cons just waiting to rid you of your wallet, your health, and your pride."

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud


Complaint, How to file:

Submit a Complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection about a particular company or organization

Report a Violation of the National Do Not Call Registry

File a report about Identity Theft

File a complaint about an online transaction that involves a foreign company

Filing a Complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

National Fraud Information Center Online Incident Report Form Use this form to report suspected telemarketing or Internet fraud


Consumer Guides for Getting and Keeping Health Insurance Scroll down part way on the screen. A state by state Guide by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Consumer ID Theft Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

ConsumerSentinel® "See how law enforcement all over the world work together to fight fraud, using Consumer Sentinel, an innovative, international law enforcement fraud-fighting program." U.S. Federal Trade Commission.


Counseling:

Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies Lists Credit Counseling Agencies.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling Lists Credit Counseling Agencies.Identity


Theft Victim Assistance Online Training Supporting Victims' Financial and Emotional Recovery By The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center


Major Credit Reporting Bureau:

There are Three Major Credit Reporting Bureaus. If you are reporting fraud, request a "fraud alert" status!

If you are a Georgia resident, you are eligible for two free reports each year. This requires an order placed by mail except for Experian.

Equifax 888-766-0008 (general) 800-525-6285 (report fraud) 800-685-1111 (get credit report) ****

Experian (Formerly TRW) 888-397-3742 (general & report fraud)

888-397-3742 (get credit report)**** or go to experian.com/freestate

Trans Union Corporation 800-916-8800 (general) 800-680-7289 (report fraud) 800-916-8800 (get credit report)****

For a list of states that you are entitled to one or more free reports per year go to free or discounted reports.

Free Annual Credit Report, go to: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp

You must type in the above URL. The site does not allow links for "security reasons." Required by Federal Law. Request can be made through the Web Site, by a Toll Free Number or by Mail. By Mail: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P. O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

Onguard Online "OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information."


Opt Out:

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Do Not Call Registry. 888-382-1212.

Curb Junk email. Direct Marketing Association. Has a lot of "How to remove..." Links!

The Privacy Rights Clearing House Lists data brokers that have some limited opt-out options.

Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service Registery Good for three (3) years!

Optoutprescreen.com Eliminate receiving pre-approved credit cards. Good for five (5) years!

Catalogchoice.org Op out from receiving unwanted catalogs.


ProtectYourIDNow.org By National Foundation for Credit Counseling


Specialty Bureaus:

C.L.U.E. Personal Property By ChoicePoint. Insurance Loss Information on Personal Property. FREE REPORT AVAILABLE! 866-312-8076

C.L.U.E. Auto By ChoicePoint. Insurance Loss Information on Automobiles. FREE REPORT AVAILABLE! 866-312-8076

Workplace Solutions By ChoicePoint. Employment History. 866-312-8075

Resident Data Inc. Tenant History By ChoicePoint. Tenant History 877-448-5732

MIB Group Medical Records and health information that can affect your performance/functionality. FREE REPORT AVAILABLE! 617-426-3660


How to Read Credit Reports From The Three National Credit Bureaus By tenant screening services.com.

Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams By LifeHacker.com

Consumer Fraud Against The Elderly Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Consumer Sentinel Public Access "See how law enforcement all over the world work together to fight fraud, using Consumer Sentinel, an innovative, international law enforcement fraud-fighting program." Includes, among other things, Statistics and State Information!

Credit, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Credit Scoring Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Credit Scoring, A Book: "Your Credit Score" By Liz Pulliam Weston

Credit Scoring, UnderstandingmyFICO

Crimes of Persuasion, Schemes, Scams, Fraud Books on the subject.

Cyber-Museum of Scams and Frauds

"Deter, Detect, Defend, Fighting Back Against Identity Theft" ByFederal Trade Commission

Don't Be a Victim of Hurricane Vehicle or Watercraft Fraud By the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). "Search the NICB database for vehicles and watercraft affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

FakeChecks.org By the National Consumers League, 1701 K Street NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, 202-835-3323, Fax: 202-835-0747, www.nclnet.org

Faxes, Unwanted What you can do about unwanted FAX's. By the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site National Resource for Identity Theft. Includes Information, An ID Theft Affidavit and A Downloadable Booklet. FTC complaints toll free phone number: 877-438-4338

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Consumer Protection Link

Federal National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center)

Fight Identity Theft

Financial Crimes Division United States Secret Service

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network U.S. Department of the Treasury

Financial Scandals "A Guide with Links to Information Sources."

Fraud.org Internet & Telemarketing Fraud.

Fraud and Scams.com

FTC Charity Fraud

FTC ID THEFT HOTLINE 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338)

FTC Testifies on Data Security and Identity Theft Federal Trade Commission

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Posts alerts regarding Fraudulent Insurance Operations

Georgia Invests Georgia Secretary of State

Georgia Real Estate Fraud Prevention & Awareness Coalition (GREFPAC) Fights Mortgage Fraud.

Georgia Secretary of State's 5 Top Investment Scams & Schemes Has additional information of avoid schemes/scams!

Georgia Stop Identity Theft Network "The STOP IDENTITY THEFT Network is a public/private partnership that brings together federal, state and local officials with representatives of major corporations and financial institutions in an effort to stop identity theft in Georgia. The network operates under the guidance of Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker and the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs."

Guidance on Mitigating Risks From Spyware By the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Halt Bank Card Offers! A Toll Free Number Setup by The Major Credit Bureaus.1-888-567-8688 (1-888-5-OPTOUT)

How to Stop Getting Unsolicited Direct Mail U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPD)

Hurricane Vehicle or Watercraft Fraud By The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). "... has compiled a database of vehicles and watercraft affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma."

Internet Crime Complaint Center Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) & National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

Motion Picture Association of America, Inc


Internal Revenue:

Report Fraud 800-829-0433


Where Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?

Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998 Title 18 United States Code - Section 1028
Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Identification Documents and Information. The Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC) has been set up by the financial services industry. It is operated by the Identity Theft Assistance Corporation.
A victim of identity theft makes one call to their local bank! The bank then calls the Identity Theft Assistance Center. The Identity Theft Assistance Center contacts the victim. The Center gets an affidavit from the victim. The affidavit is sent to many sources including: law enforcement officials, credit bureaus, banks & credit card companies. Coordinated by the Financial Services Roundtable.

Identity Theft and Fraud US Department of Justice

"Identity Theft In the Spotlight "NCJRS

Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act Signed into Law by President Bush, July 15, 2004

Identity Theft Prevention and Survival Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) " ..., a nonprofit, nationally respected program dedicated exclusively to identity theft It provides consumer and victim support and advises governmental agencies, legislators and companies about this evolving and growing crime."

Identity Theft and Spyware- The New Threat Spyware-Guide.com by Xblock Systems, LLC.

Identity Theft Resources COPS (Office of Community Policing Services) Web Site. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Identity Theft Resource CenterA Non Profit Organization. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Identity Theft Resource Center, Another Promise Mark

Identity Theft and Spyware- The New Threat Spyware Guide.com

Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse "The Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse is the federal government’s database for tracking identity theft complaints." ID Theft Web site "...give[s] identity theft victims a central place in the federal government to report their problems and receive helpful information."

Insurance Fraud in Georgia, Report 800-656-2298

Insurance Fraud Website by Barry Zalma Extensive!

International Money Laundering Information Network IMoLIN

Internet Fraud Center The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

Internet Fraud Preventive Measures Internet Fraud Prevention Center

Internet Scambusters Newsletter An Excellent & Free Newsletter

Lemon Car Check by VIN (Auto History Report) By Car Detective.com. VIN: Vehicle Identification Number

Lemon Laws State By State Go to the bottom of the web page to look up a particular state.

Marine Corps Fraud Manual In PDF format


Medicare:

Medicare Prescription Drug Card Names of Legitimate Plans Will Be On Medicare's Web Site. Door to door or phone sales of Medicare products are reported in the news media to be illegal!800-633-4227

Check on the Validity of a Medicare Prescription Drug Card Program by Phone

Report Scams to Medicare 800-447-8477 (Medicare Fraud Hotline)


Medical:

Medical Privacy National Standards to Protect the Privacy of Personal Health Information by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Quackwatch "Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions."


Phishing:

Anti-Phishing Work Group

FraudWatch International "We are one of the internet's leading anti-phishing sites, maintaining a massive archive of phishing and identity theft email scams."

"How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘ Phishing’ Scam" By The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Report Being a Victim to the Internet Crime Complaint Center "The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)."


Protectyouridnow.org By National Foundation for Credit Counseling


Records:

Household Inventories University of Illinois

Record-Keeping American Association of Individual Investors

Records, Protecting By the Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Remove your name from commercial e-mail lists Direct Marketing Association

Remove your name from lists sold to credit card companies Call 888-567-8688

Remove your name from many national direct mail lists Direct Marketing Association. You can write them at Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

Remove your name from many national telephone marketers Direct Marketing Association. You can write them at Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512.

Remove yourself from mortgage refinancing and home equity loan offers. Call Acxiom U.S. Consumer Hotline at 877-774-2094 or write to DataQuick, Attn: Opt-Out Dept., 9620 Towne Center Dr., San Diego, CA 82121.

Report Lost or Visa Stolen Cards World Wide

Report Lost or Visa Stolen Cards World Wide

Rip-off Report.com

ScamBusters.org Identity Theft Information Center

Scams and Frauds Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration

Social Security Administration 800-772-1213

Southern California Fraud Investigators' Association

StopBadware.org "Badware is a term we use to encompass the broad range of malicious software that is sneaking onto people's computers, including spyware and deceptive adware." Consumer Reports WebWatch.

Telemarketing Fraud Educators Toolbox National Consumers League

University Of Georgia Id Theft "Top University Of Georgia Id Theft Resources"

U.S. Agencies Covering Awareness and Fraud Prevention

U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration Consumer Health Plan Information

U.S. Dept. of Justice (USDOJ) Web Site on Identity Theft & Fraud

U.S. Dept. of State Passport Services

*** U.S. Postal Inspection Service *** Contains numerous articles useful towards understanding, avoiding or reporting fraud and/or scams.

"Help victims of Katrina, but make sure your money supports legitimate charities. You may now report suspected mail theft or a false change of address online to the Postal Inspection Service."

United States Postal Service Identity Theft

U.S. Secret Service

Victim Resources: Victim Guides By the Identity Theft Resource Center