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Anti-identity theft freeze gaining momentum

The security freeze on your credit file (which is different from an "alert") is not for everyone. But it offer the most protection possible from identity theft--at a price. See the FAQ for more about freeze and alerts. Also note that freezes are only available in California, Texas, Louisiana & Vermont. --ScamSafe Editor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Little by little, a weapon against identity theft is gaining currency -- but few people know about it.

It's called the security freeze, and it lets individuals block access to their credit reports until they personally unlock the files by contacting the credit bureaus and providing a PIN code.

The process is a bit of a hassle, and the credit-reporting industry believes it complicates things unnecessarily.

from CNN

Category: Consumer Tips
Posted on August 3, 2004 at 09:59 AM | Permalink

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