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ID Theft Protection Scam Puts Your Accounts At Risk

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A new scam is preying on your fears of ID theft. A new scam is preying on your fears of ID theft.

A new scam is preying on your fears of ID theft. You may think you're protecting yourself, but you're really exposing your accounts to thieves.

The scam is targeting seniors, but anyone could fall victim.

"A lot of these older people, they get scared when somebody calls them," said Nancy Bragg from Taylors.

She alerted us to the new scam where the caller offers free ID Theft Protection.

"She said well which ones would you like to do, and I said well if I'm going to one account, I am going to all accounts to protect the ID Theft. And she said we will start out with your credit cards and I will need your account numbers for your credit card and ATM, and I said look honey, I don't give my account numbers to anyone."

Let's compare that experience to the real deal. A legitimate ID Theft Protection company like CSID wouldn't ask for your account numbers. The most they'll require is your name, address and last 4 of your social.

What concerns Bragg is the caller told her they were helping a lot of seniors.

"If she had gotten my numbers I bet it would have been 10 minutes it had been cleaned out."

"Now that is the oldest scam in the book and it is still being used."

These seniors know the scams won't stop. But word of mouth is one of the best ways to prevent you from becoming a victim.

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