Saturday, July 03, 2004

Mississippi issuing passports to help identity theft victims

A new program overseen by Mississippi's Attorney General should help victims of identity theft. The state is issuing identity theft victim passports that can be used to clear up confusion as a result of the identity theft. Also, a law went into effect on July 1 increasing the maximum jail sentence for identity theft conviction from five years to 15. A person convicted of identity theft must pay the victim restitution and pay double the cost of the investigation.

For additional information or to obtain the Attorney General’s publications on identity theft, consumers can contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-281-4418.

Other Identity Theft links:
The Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft home
Fight Identity Theft

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