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Katrina victims at risk of ID theft

U.S. officials and consumer advocates said they had not yet heard of any cases of identity theft related to the disaster because the crime usually takes months to unfold.ut consumers should keep a close eye on their bank statements and order a copy of their credit reports once they get their lives back together to make sure they are not being victimized, they said. “We tell people not to be alarmed but to be cautious,” said Betsy Broder, an assistant director in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Those who wish to contribute to relief efforts are at risk, as well. Internet security company Websense said on Sunday that it had found a “phishing” e-mail campaign that seeks to trick Internet users into providing their credit card numbers to a Web site that looks like one run by the Red Cross.Full Story

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