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Frank Abagnale Helps Alabamians Learn how to Protect Themselves against Identity Theft


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ALABAMIANS RECENTLY LEARNED HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST IDENTITY-THEFT--THANKS TO "A-A-R-P ALABAMA" AND FRANK ABAGNALE [AS IN "NAIL"].  HE CURRENTLY WORKS AS A WORLD-RENOWNED FRAUD-EXPERT, BUT WAS A CON-ARTIST IN HIS TEENS--WITH THOSE EXPLOITS CHRONICLED IN THE FILM "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN".  PRIOR TO A RECENT EVENT IN HUNTSVILLE, HE OFFERED SOME OF HIS BEST TIPS...

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NEVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE--UNLESS YOU INITIATED THE CALL AND TRUST THE CALLER.  DON'T WRITE CHECKS FOR ORDINARY PURCHASES--BECAUSE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THAT A THIEF NEEDS TO STEAL YOUR IDENTITY.  OPT FOR CREDIT, OVER DEBIT--AS IT'S EASIER TO RESOLVE FRAUDULENT CHARGES WITH YOUR CREDIT-CARD COMPANY.  SIGN UP WITH A CREDIT-MONITORING SERVICE THAT CAN ALERT YOU TO SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, AND FREEZE YOUR CREDIT, AS NEEDED.  KEEP IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN A LOCKED BOX.  AND, WHEN DISPOSING OF THEM, USE A MICRO-CUT SHREDDER--BECAUSE IT TURNS PAPERWORK INTO A MESS THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO REASSEMBLE.  DON'T USE CLEAR PICTURES OF YOURSELF FOR ONLINE PROFILES.  AND FINALLY, NEVER LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP OR YOUR SMARTPHONE IN A PLACE WHERE YOU WOULDN'T LEAVE A BABY."

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FOR MORE FREE TIPS, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"FRAUD-WATCH-NETWORK".



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