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  • ABUNK316@aol.com
    In a message dated 6/5/01 5:22:11 AM US Mountain Standard Time, Madorax ... Sorry folks, goofed the first time Here it is, I promise.... ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 5, 2001
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      In a message dated 6/5/01 5:22:11 AM US Mountain Standard Time, Madorax
      writes:



      > > > > > WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE YOUR PURSE OR WALLET: > > > > > > > >We've
      >all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed using your > > >
      > >name, address, SS#, credit, etc.  Unfortunately I (author of this >
      >piece) > > > >have first hand knowledge, because my wallet was stolen last
      >month and > > > >within a week the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly
      >cell phone > > > >package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit
      >line approved to > > > >buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from
      >DMV to change my > > > driving > > > >record information online, and more.
      > > > > > > > > >But here's some critical information to limit the damage
      in
      >case this > > > >happens to you or someone you know: > > > > > > > >As
      >everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately, but > > >
      > >the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so >
      > > > >you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily >
      >(having > > > to > > > >hunt for them is additional stress you WON'T need
      >at that point)! > > > > > > > >File a police report immediately in the
      >jurisdiction where it was > > > >stolen, this proves to credit providers
      >you were diligent, and is a > > > >first step toward an investigation (if
      >there ever is one). > > > > > > > >But here's what is perhaps most
      >important:  I never ever thought to do > > > >this. Call the 3 national
      >credit reporting organizations immediately to > > > >place a fraud alert
      on
      >your name and SS#.  I had never heard of doing > > > >that until advised
      by
      >a bank that called to tell me an application for > > > >credit was made
      >over the Internet in my name. The alert means any > > > >company that
      >checks your credit knows your information was stolen and > > > >they have
      >to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. > > > > > > > >By the
      time
      >I was advised to do this - almost 2 weeks after the theft - > > > >all the
      >damage had been done. There are records of all the credit > checks > > >
      > >initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before >
      > > > >placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done,
      >and > > > >the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned
      it
      >in). > It > > > >seems to have stopped them in their tracks. The numbers
      >are: > > > > > > > >  Equifax 1-800 525-6285 > > > >  Experian (formerly
      >TRW) 1-800-301-7195 no longer a good # - use > > > >1-888-397-3742 > > > >&

      >follow the instructions. > > > >  Trans Union 1-800-680-7289 > > > >  
      >Social Security Administration also has a fraud line at > 1-800-269-0271 >
      > > > > > > > >We pass along jokes, we pass along just about
      >everything....do think > > > >about passing this information along .... it
      >could help someone else. > > > > > > > >WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET ??


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