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Copy of Civic Action Project

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CAP Youth Board Member

on 30 January 2014

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Civic Action Project: Identity Theft
PSA Video: Example of an Identity Theft Scam
Civic Action #1
Civic Action #5
-For our final action, we aimed at letting our community know about our Facebook page.
-We put up posters around the area that stated "HELP US PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT" with a web address at the bottom leading to our Facebook page.
-This allowed us to further reach our to our local community about our issue.
Civic Action #2
-Since we changed our focus to identity theft, we needed a new survey poll to inform us about how wide-spread this issue is.

-From this poll, we were able to get some real-life statistics on how identity theft affects the people we know and our community.
Civic Action #4
-Our goal in C.A.P was to spread awareness about our issue and what people could do to avoid being a victim of identity theft.

Our Issue: Identity Theft
Our group is targeting the issue of scams. Over the course of our civic actions, we were able to narrow our focus to a more commonly occurring form of fraud: identity theft. We wanted to do this issue because we felt that it is a wide-spread problem that is largely ignored.
Civic Action #3
-Our 1st Civic Action was a questionnaire with a local police office.
-From this action, we were able to narrow our scope from phone scams to scams aimed at identity theft.
-For our third action, we tried reaching out to an organization that centers around scams to find more information about identity theft. We contacted the Federal Trade Commission for Consumers via email and Facebook.
-However, we emailed them too late for our civic action due date. We realized that if we want information from an external organization, it's better to email them a couple weeks before the information is needed.
-We figured that the best way to do this was through Facebook! The new generation is all about access to instant information on the internet.
-We created a Facebook Page dedicated to identity theft:
Just be extra suspicious of anyone who wants to know your SSN.
If you feel suspicious about ANY situation that involves your personal information, google what is happening and see if others have encountered the same thing.
Also, be careful in giving out your credit card information and always avoid making big payments in cash.
Never give out your Social Security Number to someone over the phone, through an email, or a house visit.
We want to modify this policy. Instead of waiting for suspicious activity to occur on your record, a person should be able to change their SSN with a police report stating an identity leak and proof that backs up their story about the scam. That way, the victim wouldn't have to suffer months of anxiety over what someone is doing with their identity.
The Social Security Office allows someone to change their SSN only if evidence of identity theft shows up on their file.
We actually discovered this policy a bit after our civic actions were completed. We struggled with finding a policy that specifically addressed our issue so we aimed at spreading awareness about identity theft and what people could do to avoid it.
A good place to keep track of recent scams is http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
Don't give out your sensitive information for a 'too-good-to-be-true' deal. If something is too good to be true, it's probably not true.
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