Editorial: Identity Theft

Stealing hurts the victim.

Stealing someone's identity literally steals the victim.

This happened to 249 people in Montgomery alone in 2005.

Identity theft ranks tops among fraud complaints - nearly half of all complaints to the Federal Trade Commission last year were for identity theft.

Social security numbers, personal information and credit card information are stolen sometimes right from our mailboxes.

Protect yourself and your future.

Limit the printed information on your checks.

Carry only credit cards you need and check your credit report regularly.

Safeguard your social security number.

Your name is your most personal possession.

Protect it!