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May 2010

Protect yourself from Identiy Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission — like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number — to commit fraud or other crimes for personal gain. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a cell phone account in your name, or they may make new charges to existing accounts.


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What is Financial Fraud?

Financial fraud takes many different shapes, and fraudsters wear many different masks. From mortgage scams that target the elderly, Ponzi schemes that shock the world, tax fraud that steals money from our nation’s coffers, predatory lending that discriminates against vulnerable communities, credit card fraud that strikes broadly, and the list goes on.

But the American people have something on their side the fraudsters don’t: the force of the largest coalition of federal, state and local partners ever assembled to combat fraud.

The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s mission is broad, because the problem is broad, and the task force is working tirelessly to combat these and future scams to protect the American people.

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