Marchant Hosts Identity Theft Prevention Forum
Jun 18, 2010 -
IRVING, TEXAS – The office of Congressman Kenny Marchant hosted an ID Theft Forum on Thursday at the Southlake Senior Center with more than 40 seniors in attendance. The forum served to provide District 24 residents with information on ID theft and fraud prevention as well as offer action steps if victimized.
Guest speakers included Officer Mike Bedrich and former FBI agent David Leopard. Speakers shared true stories of locals who had been victims of identity theft, and then offered valuable methods of prevention. Leopard also provided up-to-date information on popular e-mail and letter scams.
Leopard specifically alerted the audience of a current fraudulent Canadian lottery where a con artist contacts a U.S. citizen to inform he or she has won the lottery. The caller then requires the U.S. citizen to mail a check for a thousand dollars in order to claim the lottery prize. Leopard said billions of dollars are scammed each year through similar tactics, as well as through stolen credit cards and stolen identities.
The free event marked the second identity theft prevention forum held by Marchant’s district office this year.
If you are a victim of identity theft, contact the fraud hotlines of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experian 888-397-3742; or Trans Union 800-680-7289.
Other useful phone numbers:
- Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline: 877-438-4338
- Social Security Fraud Hotline: 800-269-0271
- Texas No Call List: 1-866-896-6225
- National No Call list: 1-888-382-1222
- To stop credit card mail offers: 888-567-8688 or www.optoutprescreen.com