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 Post subject: PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:58 pm 
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ID theft is a common occurrence and it happens on the internet every day.
If you have had any sites act suspiciously or if you are not sure about any credit card transactions, defend against id theft or cc fraud as soon as you suspect it. Although some sites have found ways to circumvent the ban on using credit cards, and you have deposited using yours, the theft of your identity or drawing off your funds without your permission is a very real risk.

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Many sites that promise a secure transaction for credit cards may use a special storage device when processing your credit card.
They can also divert your billing statements to another locatiion by completing a ' change of address" form once they have all your info.

Place a "fraud alert" on your credit reports. and review the reports carefully.
The alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures before they open new accounts in your name or make changes to your existing accounts. The three nationwide consumer reporting companies have toll free numbers for placing an initial 90 day fraud alert, a call to one company is sufficient.
EQUIFAX: 1-800-525-6285
EXPERIAN: 1-888-experian(397-3742)
TRANSUNION: 1-800-680-7289
Placing a fraud alert entitles you to free copies of your credit reports.Look for enquiries from companies you havent contacted, accounts you didnt open, and debts on your accounts that you cant explain.

CLOSE ACCOUNTS:
Close accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently.
contact the security or fraud department of each company where an account was opened or changed without your okay. Follow up in writing with copies of supporting documents.
Use the ID theft affidavit at ftc.gov/idtheft to support your written statements.
Ask for verification that the disputed account has been closed and fraudulent debts discharged.
Keep all copies of documents and records.

File a police report to help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime.
Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission
Your report helps law enforcement officials in their investigations.

Online: ftc.gov/idtheft
By phone: 1-877-id-theft (438-4338) Or TTY, 1-866-6534261
By mail: Identity theft clearinghouse
Federal trade commission
Washington,D.C. 20580


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 Post subject: Re: PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:23 pm 
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It's stuff like this that turns people off completely to playing online. But thanks so much for the reminders about the underhanded things going on and ways to play it safe.


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 Post subject: Re: PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD
PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:09 pm 
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well and it's not just limited to online gambling. There are crooks everywhere from restaurants to gas stations who are working hard to take advantage of you and everything that you have worked hard to establish. Just be careful, and keep your cards close if you know what I mean!


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