Identity Theft: Don't Be a Victim

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Every 79 seconds someone in the United States becomes a victim of identity theft, and as the holiday spending season approaches, police want to make sure someone else is not spending your money.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as the holiday shopping season picks up, so do crimes like identity theft.

"With Christmas approaching a lot of people nowadays shop online, and what you should be careful of when shopping online, make sure you use a browser or go to a site that is a secure site," said SGT Bill Bierbaum with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Police say when you're out shopping make sure you don't leave your valuables in the car.

Twenty-one-year-old Allison Kindelspire did that and now she's paying the price.

"They stole my identity, they've changed my address, opened up many numerous credit cards, utility bills; you name it, they've done it," she said.

Legal expert David Hauser is putting on workshops for people like Kindelspire to show that help is available.

"It's one of those crimes you can never totally prevent but there are things you can do to better protect yourself."

Police say when making a purchase and entering your pin, cover it up with your other hand so no one can see your pin. Police also say be careful with unsolicited credit card offers.

"During this holiday season you may get even more things in the mail. Bare in mind when you get those credit card offers, make sure you shred those things."

They’re small steps you can take that can help to save your good name.