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Attorney General John Kroger today reminds consumers to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
"Identity theft is a big problem in Oregon, and it can wreak financial havoc on people's lives," said Attorney General Kroger. "You cannot completely protect yourself from identity theft, but there are important steps that can greatly reduce your risk."
Here are some basic tips to avoid being the victim of identity theft:
Consumers who believe they may be the victim of identity theft are encouraged to file a police report with their local law enforcement. They can also call the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Hotline: 1-877-877-9392.
Another resource is the Department of Business and Consumer Services (DCBS), which has information regarding safeguarding personal information – on its website at www.dfcs.oregon.gov/id_theft.html. DCBS can also provide presentations to businesses and organizations to help them better understand their requirements under Oregon's identity theft law. Contact the DCBS Division of Finance and Corporate Securities toll-free at (866) 814-9710 or (503) 378-4140. National Protect Your Identity Week is sponsored by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit: http://www.protectyouridnow.org.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, promote a positive business climate, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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