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Councilman's tips to avoid ID theft

In an undated photo, Councilman Dan Garodnick (second

In an undated photo, Councilman Dan Garodnick (second from the right) warns New Yorkers about the dangers of identity theft. Photo Credit: amNY

Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) said in a news conference Tuesday that identity theft is on the rise citywide, but there are simple steps to avoid scammers.

The Manhattan district attorney's office handles 200 to 300 ID-theft cases a month, and the load is increasing, Garodnick said.

He gave several pointers to help avoid ID theft:

Be wary of email from strangers

Shop with trusted merchants

Don't use public computers or unsecured wireless connections for transactions

Use secure website browsers and URLs that begin with "https://"

Pay by credit card rather than debit

Keep a paper trail

Wipe your computer's hard drive before recycling it.

-- amNewYork

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