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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Federal Trade Commission seeks public input on how's identity theft affects senior citizens

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking input from the public about the effect of identity thef on senior citizens. Senior citizens are more at risk to be victimized by identity theft due to their increased susceptibility to identity theft scams such as phishing scams, both via e-mail or over the phone. Phishing occurs when a consumer is contacted by what appears to be a reputable source and is tricked into revealing private identifiers that can be used to steal their identity. Senior citizens are also at risk because most of their Medicare cards bear their Social Security numbers, which is absolutely ignorant in this day and age. The FTC wants information about particular identity theft scams and their use to target senior citizens. The deadline to submit information to the FTC on this subject is July 15, 2012. For more information, see here - http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/04/idtheft.shtm.

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