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August 22, 2012 (Alpine) - Paula Dickenson, crime prevention specialist with the Alpine Sheriff's Substation, has sent the following alert to the community on a possible identity theft scam, along with information on how to protect yourself and your children from identity theft:

Here is an example of Suspicious Activity!  Please call us when this happens.  Never let a stranger into your home.


"Two girls came to our door to sell subscriptions for servicemen and they would get a trip to Disneyland--asked for a glass of water-then asked to use the bathroom."

"A neighbor of ours said the same thing happened to him with the same girl going to the bathroom. He said the girl was in there a long time."

You may not know what information or item was taken either. Remember, all they need is something with your social security number on it. (or if left to go to your bathroom, your medicine cabinet with vital information on medications you may have.) They write it down and may even sell the information to others! This is not our grandparent's generation anymore.

Distracting you while another person "cases" your home is a typical scam in action.

Beware and Be Careful! Call us for this activity at 858-565-5200!  If you desire, let the Sheriff's Dispatcher know you would like to have the Deputy call you back for an update.

We want the Scams out of our community!  Let them locate another community to go to!

Add to your Back to School List: Check your child's (or grandchild) social security number! They may own a condo or car in Florida or Hawaii. They are vulnerable to identity theft the moment their number is issued at birth!

We would encourage you to check with each credit reporting agency separately. Beware of advertising from those that state " free " to check
all three at one time. Usually this results in future obligations and/or monthly fees. Do your research on these types of companies. Go directly to the credit agency!

Credit Reporting Agencies:

TransUnion   www.transunion.com           P.O.  Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834     1-800-680-7289

Experian       www.experion.com          P.O. Box 1017, Allen, TX 75013 1-888-397-3742

Equifax         www.equifax.com         P.O. Box 740256, Atlanta, GA 30374 1-888-766-0008

This site can also be used for checking your credit reports: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp

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