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seattle61 @ 11:53 am: Prevent change of address
One way someone can get ahold of your banking and credit card information is through a false change of address.

The Postal Service's safeguard against this is to send a confirmation to both the old and new address. This doesn't seem good enough to me, since they could manage to pick that up out of my mailbox.

I was told this morning when I called the central number, that I can go to my local post office and put an alert on my account. As I understand it, this will mean I will be called if anyone tries to put a change of addreess in. Seems much more secure.

Info on the change of address and verification process
http://www.usps.com/communications/news/press/2005/pr05_046.htm

Info on ID theft, and what a thief can do with info.
http://www.usps.com/postalinspectors/IDtheft2.htm

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