You might be at risk for identity theft...

EAST KNOX COUNTY, Tenn (WVLT) -- Tennessee ranks 19th in the country when it comes to identity theft.

According to LifeLock, an identity theft protection company that educates groups, law enforcement and others on the latest trends, reports Tennessee is seeing more ID theft of government documents and benefits.

LifeLock held a seminar for officers, deputies and detectives from the area at the Knox County Sheriff's Department's training facility.

Detectives say this is a crime difficult to prosecute, because of expenses involved and jurisdiction.

Tennessee is seeing more ID theft cases involving benefits and government documents, according to LifeLock.

Tips to avoid being a victim:
Always be aware of forms you fill out, and when you really need to give out your social security number.

Get a credit report annually and always look at your bank and credit card statements closely.

Use a strong user name and password when accessing the internet with or for personal information.

Watch the waitress or waiter (if you don't know them) at a restaurant as they take your credit card to pay the bill. Go with them and watch so they don't swipe the card on pocket size technology and steal your credit card information.


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  • by David Garrett Location: Knoxville on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    That last suggestion is unrealistic. They don't even need any type of technology to steal the cc info. They can write it down or take a picture of the card. There's no good way to prevent that scenario from happening.

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