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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Identity Theft

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Identity Theft

Howdeeeee!
Here's some great advice on protecting yourself, sent from an attorney:
1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first
name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.
2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID
REQUIRED".
3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work! address. Never have your SS# printed on your
checks.(DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it....and that's a scary thing for just anyone to have of yours!
5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
6. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place
a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. Now, here are the
numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc., has been stolen:
> 1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
> 2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
> 3.) Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
> 4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

This weekend is the GENERAL CONFERENCE of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
If you have DISH network, you can watch it live on Channel 9403. Here in California it is on at 9 am pacific. In Utah where it is broadcast, it is on at 10 am and then again at 2 pm, on Saturday. On Sunday it starts again with the choir at 9:30 am mountain time.
You can find out more information about broadcasts live on the internet
also:
http://www.lds.org/broadcast/gc/schedule/0,17268,5184-1,00.html
For many years, I have often used General Conference Bingo and other paper games for my children, to help them learn to listen during General Conference. I thought I would find some online for those of you with young
children:
http://lds.about.com/od/familyhomeeveninggames/a/fheg_bingo.htm
http://www.christysclipart.com/bingo.htm
http://gemstate.net/friends/siler/conference/cbingo.htm
Something for older kids, maybe even you?
http://lds.about.com/library/bl/genconf/nreport.htm

I don't know who invented Daylight Savings Time...but it's that time again!
Did you know that not all of the states in the USA even participate in it?
SPRING FORWARD this time, Sat night at midnight--- it will suddenly be 1 am! =) Make sure you change your clocks.
And finally, in local San Diego news, Rosemary Tobler is interested in selling the following furniture items. They are all in great condition:
Forest green velvet massage recliner with controls that adjust heat, kneading, reclining etc., $750
Gorgeous and comfy gold and cream pillow back oversize loveseat, 3 months new, 6 ft. by 3 ft., $500
Maytag front loading "Neptune" washer and dryer, about 5 yrs. old, works great, only $250 for the pair
Portable air conditioning unit, cools up to 900 sq. ft., $75
All interested parties please contact Rosemary at 760 579-8565
Have a glorious weekend!
CENTSerely,
Sister Thrifty

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