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Identity Theft Prevention

Programs that attempt to reduce the incidence of identity theft by making people aware of the means by which thieves obtain the personal information they use to assume another's identity and steps that can be taken to protect that information. Suggestions include regularly reviewing credit reports for fraudulent accounts; destroying important papers including pre-approved credit applications and credit card receipts using a crosscut shredder; taking care at ATM machines and in other public venues that there are no observers stealing PIN numbers or eavesdroppers recording information provided orally; picking up new checks rather than having them mailed home; omitting telephone numbers from checks; mailing bill payments from a post box rather than a home mailbox; regularly monitoring bank statements; and other similar precautions. Identity theft occurs when someone fraudulently obtains private information about an individual, e.g., his or her Social Security number, uses it to apply for credit in that person's name, runs up large bills and then disappears without paying the bills leaving the victim with ruined credit. Identity thieves may also purchase expensive medical services in the victim's name or give the victim's name and personal information to a law enforcement officer during an investigation or upon arrest leaving the individual vulnerable to large medical bills or subject to arrest.

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New York State Attorney General

Eligibility: None.

New York State Attorney General - Main Office

Map Marker 1 1 Empire State Plaza
The Capitol
Albany, NY

New York State Attorney General - Rochester

Map Marker 2 144 Exchange Boulevard
Suite 200
Rochester, NY

New York State Attorney General - Syracuse

Map Marker 3 300 South State Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY

Lifespan of Greater Rochester

Eligibility: Call for information.

Map Marker 4 1900 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY

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