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Subject: Re: If you read anything today, read this. Date: 5/6/2003 1:57 PM
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the advice and opinions they've given to me in this matter.

In the past few weeks, I've been trying as hard as I could to explore all options in dealing with this incident, but it looks like I've hit a dead end.

The NYPD is now saying that even if I came up there, they probably wouldn't do anything because chances are that they'd have no way to tie an individual person at this address to the fraud.. As they said, they'd show up, people would say they don't know what they're talking about; and since the merchandise is probably already sold, they just wouldn't have any evidence.

So, I've done what I feel is all that's left - I've written my congresspeople, state legislators, governor, and attorney general. That's about all I think I can do now.

It's unfortunate; however I would encourage people to PLEASE write their representatives to try and introduce legislation like the bill being introduced in Texas (I think the number is 405; it was mentioned earlier here.) It makes nothing but sense! Here are some things that I suggest you point out if writing your legislators:

-Credit reporting and granting agencies MUST be more vigilant with
personal information when dealing with credit.

-Reciepts must not print out credit card or debit card account numbers.

-Retail credit card applications must only be handled by managers or
supervisors; I remember myself when I worked retail during high school, part-time 16 year olds would have access to dozens of applications a day.

-Debt collectors must stop collection activities against victims of
identity theft once they have been notified.

-More robust systems of identification, such as a "thumbprint signature" must be used on important transactions, such as cashing large checks.

-Credit cards and reporting agencies must monitor suspicious activity, and immediately report it to the consumer. For example, credit cards should verify address changes by contacting the previous address or phone number on record, and should not allow two changes within thirty days!

I think dealing with this issue is primarily up to YOU and ME. The FBI says identity theft has grown over 300% over the past couple of years, and unless something is done, that figure is going nowhere but up.

Identity theft hurts everybody, not only the person being victimized!

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