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One Year to an Organized Financial Life: From Your Bills to Your Bank Account, Your Home to Your Retirement, the Week-by-Week Guide to Achieving Financial Peace of Mind by Russell Wild, Regina Leeds

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WEEK FOUR
Protect Your Identity
This week, you can
• Take some steps to protect yourself from identity theft
• Take steps if you are a victim of identify theft
I ONCE HAD MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER taken and used without my permission. I’ll never forget the discovery: Someone had charged more than $300 in costume jewelry from a TV shopping network. The purchase was made here in California. The product was sent to a man in Florida. When the credit card company rep asked me if I was sure this wasn’t my purchase, I said: “I don’t buy jewelry from home shopping networks for starters. And I would never send jewelry to a man!” It took six months but the purchase was reversed and all interest was credited back as well. Most banks will handle such matters ...

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