Toll Free Numbers Help With Identity Theft

Government agencies are using toll free telephone numbers to curb crime–and lately the focus has been on identity theft. Criminals are increasingly searching for random Social Security numbers. Once they find them, they cross-check these numbers against other databases to see if the numbers have been used to obtain credit. The newest unfortunate trend is targeting children’s Social Security numbers. The Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).

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