For The Vista
Fairfield Glade Public Safety Chief Randy Hoover warns that identity theft occurs when someone assumes your identity to perform a fraud or other criminal act.
Some of the ways criminals can get your personal information for identity theft are stealing your wallet or purse; going through your trash; compromising your credit or bank information; or by asking you for personal information by telephone, in person, or on the Internet.
• Keep a list of telephone numbers to call to report the loss or theft of your wallet, credit cards, etc.
• Report unauthorized financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect something is wrong.
• Reconcile your bank account monthly, and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately.
• Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements in a usable form. It is best to shred or burn all personal documents.
• Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call.
Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder has announced that honorably discharged veterans may now visit any driver services center in the state to obtain a specially designated veteran driver’s license or photo identification card.
Legislation authorizing the state to publically recognize veterans’ military service was passed in 2011. However, the new driver’s license and ID cards could not be offered until the latest newly designed card could be issued in all driver service centers.