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Target shoppers (and others) – Important information on preventing and protecting against Identity Theft

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Provided by Gray Coast Tax Service

With the recent Target credit card data scandal, the growing epidemic of identity theft is becoming more of a worry every day.

Gray Coast Tax Service has free booklets available that may help ease that concern. Taking Charge: What to do if your Identity is Stolen is a booklet published by the Federal Trade Commission that is full of information about the important first steps to take if you suspect someone is using your information. This free 43+ page book has addresses and information on contacting the 3 major credit bureaus, placing fraud alerts, and step by step instructions for taking care of credit cards, bank accounts, medical records and all the places that can be compromised by identity thieves. It also contains additional information on safeguarding yourself against identity theft.

Being informed is the best tool you have to protect your identity. For more information on the most recent Target notifications, read this Forbes article:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/01/16/surprise-target-data-breach-could-include-your-info-from-purchases-made-a-decade-ago/

And for helpful information from the IRS visit the IRS identity web page:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection

For your free copy of the Identity Theft booklet from the Federal Trade Commission, stop by Gray Coast Tax Service in Depoe Bay, at the north end of town across from Columbia Bank. Open Monday – Friday from 9-5, and Saturday from 10-3.

on line at www.GrayCoast.com

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