Identity Theft Help

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Identity theft is on the rise in the United States, and if you think it can't happen to you you're wrong.

"My wife and I went to Canada last year and just 2 months ago we things started popping up on our charge card," Bryan resident Gentry Woodard said.

And Woodard's not alone Marilyn Hooton's daughter had her purse stolen, along with her credit cards.

"She had a checkbook and credit cards, drivers license, they had all the stuff they needed to find out anything they wanted, it was a nightmare," Hooton said.

The federal trade commission reports that identity theft cost consumers five million dollars and three hundred hours last year.

Thursday the United States department of treasury released a DVD to educate folks about protecting their identities.

"ID theft victims can lose opportunities for employment credit, housing the keys to their financial security once their credit history is disrupted by these information age thugs," FTC Chairman Deborah Majores said.

The DVD recommends the following. Check your credit history, which is free once a year, shred your information, including receipts, plus don't leave it lying around. Also don't give out personal information, you never know who is on the other side of the phone.

The DVD will be sent out to banking and trade organizations but is also available to consumers for $2 from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

To get a copy of the DVD you can call 1-888-878-3256.