Identity Theft Concerns

by Christa Lollis

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Identity theft is being reported to the Lufkin police department almost daily and it's a problem that can have you paying for years.

Lt. David Young explains, "Over the past few years, this is one of the fastest growing crimes. Fraud, identity theft, white collar crimes like that, we're seeing a lot more forgeries and a lot more identity theft."

Leaving your personal information in your car or on the internet makes you a target. Opening your mailbox is one of the easiest ways thieves can steal your identity, especially if you pay your bills and put them in the mailbox.

Getting a hold of a deposit slip or your check is all thieves need. Young says, "That gives them the name, account and routing number and a smart criminal can do a lot with that information."

So police recommend that you check your credit report regularly and file a police report as soon as you find out you've become a victim. "It affects your credit and it can take a mountain of paperwork to get that straightened out even after you file a police report. The victims still receive letters of notification, repossession, everything and collection calls," Young warns.

So protect your personal information and keep it out of sight from thieves.