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For Immediate Release
January 25, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

New Brochure Available with Tips on Avoiding Identity Fraud

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced that his Department, through the Motor Vehicle Investigations Office, has developed a brochure to assist Maine people in protecting themselves against identity fraud.

"Now more than ever, there is a concern about privacy invasion and identity theft," stated Secretary Gwadosky. "Our new Identity Fraud Protection brochure outlines several easy steps that can be taken to protect one's identity, credit and privacy."

The brochure provides a number of useful tips, such as:

  • Empty your wallet of extra credit cards. Your birth certificate and passport should be in a secure place when not needed for travel;
  • Be careful of what you throw in the trash. Tear up, or shred, bank and credit card statements and other papers containing personal information before throwing them away; and
  • Check your bank and credit card statements for unfamiliar activity. Review any questionable transactions with the bank or credit card company.

"We are hopeful that the common sense approach to protecting one's personal information will be beneficial to our citizens. It is our intention that these brochures will be educational and a valuable resource for individuals," concluded Secretary Gwadosky.

The brochure contains a separate section about protecting your privacy online. Finally, important information is included on whom to contact if you think you have been a victim of identity fraud.

These brochures are currently available at Bureau of Motor Vehicle branch offices across the state, by telephone at 626-8400 and also available on the Secretary of State's web site: