A Word on Identity Theft

Consider this my PSA for the day, month, year… Whatever.

We hear people say “check your credit report often” but few of us ever listen.  Please let me tell you first-hand that this is good advice.  Some organizations say that you should check your credit report at least once a year to ensure that your identity has not been stolen or that credit cards have not been opened in your name.

Personally, I check my credit report at least once every six months, if not more.  Two weeks ago, I checked my fiance’s credit report as well as my own.  Had I not done this, I would not have found that someone had opened several accounts in my fiance’s name, totaling nearly $38,000.

Luckily, we caught it early enough, and we have been fortunate enough to have the full co-operation of the Colonie Police Department, the three major credit reporting agencies, and each of the credit card companies with whom accounts were opened.  We have quite a long road ahead of us, but we remain optimistic that we will get everything worked out.

For more information on credit card fraud and identity theft, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s website.

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About Crista Leigh

I used to be "The Rock Goddess" on the local affiliate of a nationally syndicated morning show. I spent my nights hanging out with band members at local concert venues, DJing and MCing various booze-filled events, and wearing outfits that involved more studs and spikes than could be found in every combined circa-1999 Hot Topic. Now, I'm the "Social Media Goddess," helping your business solidify a digital marketing plan to keep up with competitors. Doesn't really have quite the same ring, does it? I’m a lover of many things, but I am passionate about a few. Radio is my first love, and with that, the art of broadcasting. I have a deep appreciation for all music (yes, even polka) and grew up on a steady diet of punk rock and gospel (thanks, Dad). Combining my love of radio and music– and to live it every day– has been a dream-come-true, and I consider myself lucky to continue to work in the industry that gives me so much joy. Blogging, for me, is almost like an extension of radio. It gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts while providing the world with information. Marketing and social media are my new passions in life. I suppose "new" isn't the best way to describe it (since I've been at it for more than a decade) but I have recently enhanced my skills with additional clients and a shiny new master's degree. I suppose that's why I'm here.

Posted on October 4, 2011, in Opinion and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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