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February 13, 2007

Albany - The key to keeping thieves from stealing your identity may be to get a better grip on your credit. State legislators are looking at a bill that will let you put a security freeze on your credit. That would stop credit agencies from releasing your information without first asking for written permission.

That could keep thieves from stealing your info and opening new accounts in your name.   Lt. Craig Dodd with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says, "I don't know how your mailbox is, but I get really tired of people sending me these checks that anybody can fill out for credit and different credit authorizations that I have not asked for and that's part of the problems because these people go mailbox diving and they get a lot of stuff out of the mailbox."

If it becomes law, it'll cost you $10 to freeze your credit with each of the three reporting agencies.

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