Plymouth: Officials Advise on How to Prevent, Handle Identity Theft

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Identity Theft is a nightmare, but there are ways to avoid it. Heidrea for Heroes, a veteran support organization sponsored a discussion about the subject at the South Shore Community Action Council on Monday.

Robin Putnam from the state office of consumer affairs advised the group to monitor their credit card accounts on a regular basis.

“Check your accounts for any red flags, because you know where you shop, so whether it is a store credit card that you use or your Visa or your MasterCard and your debit card, you’ll definitely notice incorrect charges on your account that you did not make,” said Putnam.

And what about unsolicited emails that often claim to want to update information?

“I don’t suggest that you actually respond. If it’s your specific credit card, I would call the number on the back of your credit card first, because you never know if someone is sending you a phishing email to get your credit card information to get your social security information,” said Putnam.

As for emails advertisements, Putnam recommends NOT unsubscribing.

“I was just doing a little bit of research and I found that if you click on unsubscribe, 9 times out of 10, they’re going to keep sending you emails. You’re better off to simply delete it or put it in your spam email box,” said Putnam.

 

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.