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Event held to warn consumers about fraud, identity theft

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The United States Postal Service teamed up with other federal, state, and local agencies to warn consumers of fraud and identity theft.

Members of the USPS were joined by members of the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, and the Rockford Police Department for an information fair offering tips on how to keep your identity safe in an electronic world.

The fair reminded consumers that it's not just internet hackers that are stealing identities.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be something sophisticated online, somebody hacking into a computer and getting credit card information, or information that way," FTC Staff Attorney Bill Hodor said. "I can be as simple as somebody running through your garbage and looking for information."

The National Crime Prevention Council recommends the following tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Never give out your Social Security number
  • Memorize all passwords and never write them down or carry them around with you
  • Make sure no one is hovering near you when entering your PIN number at an ATM or while making a purchase
  • Be skeptical of websites offering prizes or giveaways
  • Tell children to never give out their address, phone number, school, or any other personal information

Shredding all documents containing personal information prior to throwing them out is also a good step to follow.

The Better Business Bureau advises that if an offer appears to be too good to be true, it usually is.

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