Officials urge protection against identity theft

State safety officials are urging Tennesseans to protect themselves against identity crimes this holiday season.
    
Last year, identity theft accounted for 14 percent of all complaints recorded by the Federal Trade Commission, leading the list of top consumer complaints.
    
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit is offering the following tips for protection:
    
– Don’t allow clerks to put your receipts in your bag, but rather carry them in your wallet where they are less likely to fall out.
    
– Watch cashiers, waiters and bartenders, ensuring that they don’t “skim” or save your card number for later use.
    
– Check your bank statements, credit card bills and credit reports often to avoid any efforts to use your identity.
    
For more tips, visit: www.TN.Gov/safety

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