FOILING IDENTITY THEFT

Physician's Money Digest, March31 2003, Volume 10, Issue 6

Catch Me If You Can.

Another tip

According to the Federal TradeCommission, the number of complaintsabout identity theft reached162,000 last year, up from 86,000the year before. And that is probablyjust the tip of a rapidly growing iceberg.To keep your identity safe, aninexpensive shredder is one of yourprimary defenses, according to FrankAbagnale, Jr, the former con man (heonce masqueraded as a physician)whose life is the subject of a book anda recent movie, Utility bills, credit card bills, andother documents that contain personalinformation like your address,account numbers, and Social Securitynumbers, should go throughthe shredder before being tossed.: Check your bank statementevery month to make sure nounauthorized activity is going on.