Identity Theft Workshop Scheduled
March 31, 2004
Congressman Gene Green (D-Houston) invites constituents and other interested Houstonians to join him and representatives from the Federal Trade Commission to learn how to protect against the crime of identity theft. The event will take place Wednesday, April 7 at E.B. Cape Center, 4501 Leeland Street, at 7:00 p.m.
The largest threat to consumer protection is identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft is the most common complaint from consumers in all fifty states. Texas currently ranks fourth in the nation for identity theft complaints to the FTC, with Houston ranking number one within Texas.
With simple personal information such as a name, Social Security number, or credit card number, identity thieves can commit fraud or other crimes in someone elses name. The implications for victims of identity theft can include damaged credit records, unauthorized credit card charges and bank withdrawals not to mention the months or years it can take to restore their good names and credit records. Victims of identity theft should file a report with local police and file a complaint with the FTC, which has complaint forms on its website, www.ftc.gov.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from area victims on how the crime has affected their lives and what protective measures to take.