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To Help Alaskans Learn how to Protect Themselves against Identity Theft, Frank Abagnale Will Headline a Free, Statewide Teleconference


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TO HELP FAMILIES PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST FRAUD AND IDENTITY-THEFT, "A-A-R-P ALASKA" WILL PRESENT A PAIR OF FREE, PUBLIC EVENTS, NEXT THURSDAY [SEPTEMBER 19TH]--INCLUDING A STATEWIDE TELECONFERENCE, THAT AFTERNOON.  THE FEATURED SPEAKER WILL BE FRANK ABAGNALE [AS IN "NAIL"]--WHOSE EXPLOITS WERE DEPICTED IN THE FILM "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN".  HE RECENTLY 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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THURSDAY-AFTERNOON'S STATEWIDE TELECONFERENCE STARTS AT ONE-30.  THE EVENT IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  TO LEARN MORE--AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT--CALL 1-855-286-0294, OR VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"A-K".



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