Rigdon speaks to Rotarians about identity theft

by | August 14, 2018 3:35 pm

   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its August 6 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.
   Cason DeVane welcomed all, and Tobe Karrh provided the invocation and led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test. DeVane reminded members about the Rotary district governor’s upcoming visit to Swainsboro on August 27, and he also reported Rotary board decisions to the group before turning the program over to Steven Rigdon.
   Rigdon’s topic was on the growing problem of identity theft. He provided a handout which outlined the important steps to take immediately in the event of fraud as well as steps to take afterward. According to Rigdon, victims of fraud should first call the companies involved. Secondly, a fraud alert should be placed, and victims should obtain a copy of their credit report by contacting one of the three credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax. The third step he recommended was to report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by visiting IdentityTheft.gov or calling 877-438-4338. Local police departments could help in the matter as well.
   He also advised that those with stolen identities should close new accounts opened in their name, remove bogus charges from accounts, and document the theft by creating an identity theft report with the FTC. In addition, Rigdon also suggested adding an extended fraud alert or credit freeze.
   To learn more about identity theft and your rights, he referenced https://identitytheft.gov/steps.
   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District No. 6920. Find out more about Rotary International at www.rotary.org. Also, like Swainsboro Rotary at https://www.facebook.com/SwainsboroRotary.

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