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Identity Theft on Rise in East Texas

Credit cards... The Internet... And bank statements... All avenues that criminals can steal your identity... And your money. Things that Longview businessman Thomas baker is familiar with, having been victimized twice. Identity theft in this country cost 700-thousand victims over 12 billion dollars last year. Baker had his identity stolen through an Internet purchase, getting several bills costing hundreds of dollars. Investigators say baker was victimized, like many others, by people who will go to any lengths to steal... going through trash to find discarded pre-approved credit cards and receipts. And baker also found surprise bills from a company credit card account that was tapped into. Advice from experts... Instead of throwing it away... Burn it or shred it.
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