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by Megan Hookey, Live & Learn, April 16, 2009
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THESE DAYS NO ONE IS IMMUNE to identity theft, it seems, for it's the fastest growing white-collar crime. It happens when a thief pretends to be you—often using your Social Security number, credit card, or bank account number to apply for a loan, credit card, or a lease.
The damage you suffer can be serious: On average, victims of identity theft spend $1,180 and 60 hours cleaning up their credit record!
One component of AARP's Divided We Fail campaign is financial security and we are dedicated to helping people keep their money and credit safe. Nationwide, volunteers from NRTA: AARP's Educator Community and AARP have joined their neighbors and friends to urge state legislators to pass strong Identity Theft laws. Many states have already passed a bill or are working to strengthen a bill already in place. I urge you to talk with your state legislator to find out about your state's ID theft law and what can be done to strengthen it.
On a more personal level, to learn important steps you can take to keep your information safe, visit AARP's website or the Identity Theft Resource Center. Both sites offer you a variety of resources that I hope you find helpful in protecting your money and your credit-worthy good name.
With best regards,
Interim Vice President
NRTA: AARP's Educator Community
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