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Cracking Down On Identity Theft

Waging a new campaign against identity theft, U.S. postal inspectors throughout the West are tracking down scores of suspected mail thieves, reports CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone. “At this time 96 suspects have been apprehended throughout northern California, and that continues to grow,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman John Wisniewski. Officials announced Tuesday that what was stolen from mailboxes – credit cards, Social Security numbers, bank accounts – provided the raw material for criminals to steal whole identities. “The fact of the matter is that one’s mail is a veritable treasure trove for would-be identity thieves,” says Larry Brown, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Full Story

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