July 9, 2008 Edition

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Fisher to present program in WR



"Keep Your Identity to Yourself," a seminar on Identity Theft, will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lawrence County Community Room, located at 115 West Walnut in Walnut Ridge.

The special guest speaker will be Paragould native Jimmie Lou Fisher, consumer education instructor for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. Fisher, who formerly served as Arkansas' state auditor and treasurer and ran for governor in 2002, will also speak on other consumer issues such as insurance fraud.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card or establish a telephone account in another person's name. Victims may not find out about the theft until they review their credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges they didn't make � or until they are contacted by a debt collector.

Identity theft is serious. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Some consumers victimized by identity theft may lose out on job opportunities or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports. In rare cases, they may even be arrested for crimes they did not commit.

No one is immune to identity theft, so attendance at the program is encouraged.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Lawrence County Extension Service and The Center on Aging Northeast. To register, or for more information, contact the Lawrence County Extension Service at 886-3741.

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