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Ask Liz: Enrolling in Identity Theft Programs

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Ask Liz: 10-31-08

    Is it necessary to enroll in some sort of identity theft program? The Federal Trade Commission says:

    • The most important thing to do before paying for an identity theft program is to understand exactly what you are paying for.
    • Many rights and protections, such as placing a fraud alert on your account, are free for all consumers.
    • However, some companies may offer additional services like representing your legal interests.
    • So always read the fine print before paying for any service, and compare the offer with your rights and protections offered by the government.

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