What to do if your identity is stolen and credit card is used

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) It National Consumer Protection Week. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Coastal Carolina wants to remind consumers to protect themselves against one of the fastest growing crimes, identity theft.According to Kathy Graham, spokesperson for the BBB of Coastal Carolina, keeping information protected is key. ID theft criminals are looking for specific things. They are looking for names, date of birth, addresses, social security numbers and any credit card numbers.To avoid personal information falling in the wrong hands, Graham recommends shredding important documents. The main ones to consider shredding are bank and credit card statements, old check books and old deposit slips.Graham also says you should never give personal information over the phone unless you are the person who initiated the contact with the company.  “If someone calls you on your cell phone or texts you claiming to be your bank or you credit card, asking for personal information, do not give that information unless you made the contact with that company, ” says Graham.The Internet seems to have become the choice source for stealing someone identity. When banking online, Graham says one should make sure the website is safe. To check this, a secure website should start with an at the beginning of the website. Another thing to look for is a lock icon on the browser.When shopping online, its best to use a credit card and never a debit card. Disputing charges on a credit card is easier. Another thing for online shoppers to keep in mind, stick to buying from reputable websites that have been around for a while.Graham says she could never stress enough how important it is to take these precautions. fast Fake ID,For those who are victims of ID theft, it doesn end there.”Not only are they going to steal your identity, but they are going to sell it to 100 of their friends, . It going to be repeatedly stolen time and time again,” warns Graham.For those who suspect they may be the victim of ID theft, Graham says to act quickly. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends taking these immediate steps.Place a fraud alert on credit card reports, andReview credit reportsClose accounts that may have been tampered with or opened fraudulentlyFile a report with local police in the community where the identity theft took placeFile a complaint with the FTCFor more information on identity theft protections, Graham says to contact the BBB of Coastal Carolina office at (843) 488 2227. (Source: WMBF News)Everything from trumpets to full drum sets was given away Tuesday night at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, click here. Everything from trumpets to full drum sets was given away Tuesday night at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.Suspects in 2013 Malinowski killing due back in court on separate casesSuspects in 2013 Malinowski killing due back in court on separate casesUpdated: Tuesday, June 13 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017 06 14 02:40:10 GMTLeft: Christopher Brown; Right: Javon Gibbs (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)The suspects charged with the 2013 kidnapping and murder of Zachary Malinowski are both scheduled to appear in court later this month for bond reduction hearings in two separate cases.

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