Following the bust of three alleged identity thieves who federal authorities say are responsible for the credit fraud of over 30,000 consumers and millions of dollars, some mid Michigan consumers are taking steps to protect themselves.
Some shoppers in mid Michigan say they plan to check their credit histories given recent events.
Below are steps suggested for your protection, by credit bureau Experian:
If you decide not to accept a pre-approved credit offer, shred it before you throw it away.
Do not print your Social Security number, phone number, date of birth or credit card account number on your checks, and don't give this information to a merchant who wants to write it on your check at the time of purchase.
Stealing mail is another way that identity thieves obtain your personal information. Consider buying a lockable mailbox if your current mailbox is unsecured.
Monitor your credit report on a regular basis.
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TransUnion: 800-888-4213 (fraud div.- 800-680-7289)
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (fraud div.- 888-397-3742)
Equifax: 800- 685-1111 (fraud div.- 800-525-6285)
Source: www.idtheftcenter.org (Identity Theft Resource Center Web site) contributed to this report.