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$20,000 Mystery Credit Card Bill

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Liz Crenshaw uncovers how you can protect yourself from credit card fraud and identity theft. (Published Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013)

    A Montogomery County man received a mysterious $20,000 bill for a credit card he didn't even sign up for.

    Liz Crenshaw dug for answers and found out how you can protect yourself from credit card and identity fraud.

    Montgomery County Police

    If you recognize the alleged suspects in the surveillance photo, contact Montgomery County Police Crime Solvers. You can remain anonymous. Click Here or call 240-773-TIPS (8477)

     

    Want to opt out of credit card offers? Click here or call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688)

    Click here to learn more about prescreened credit and insurance offers and what it means to opt out.

     

    U.S. Postal Inspectors recommend the following tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of mail or identity theft:


    • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after it is delivered. Don't leave your mail unattended for extended periods. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight.


    • If you cannot regularly retrieve your mail promptly, consider installing a lockable mailbox or obtaining P.O. Box service from your local post office.


    • If you will be away from home temporarily, you can notify your local post office to hold your mail with the online hold mail service on the US Postal Service website, Click Here.


    • Always place your outgoing mail in a mail slot at your local post office, in a blue USPS collection box, or hand it to your letter carrier.


    • Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.


    • Monitor your bank account statements regularly, and report any charges or checks you did not authorize.


    • Monitor your credit report and report any accounts you did not authorize.


    • If you believe you are a victim of mail theft or identity theft, contact Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 or Click Here.