Long Islanders hopeful new law will protect them from identity theft

A new notification law designed to head off identity theft is now on the books in New York State.

The law requires that a company notify customers if personal information is stolen from its database. Those customers will then be able to contact credit-reporting companies before they have become victims of identity theft. Long Islanders who have been affected by identity theft in the past are hopeful the law will help prevent future instances of what the FBI calls the fastest growing white-collar crime.

It is also federal law now that everyone can receive one free credit report a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies.

Related Links: Free Credit Reports: New York State Senator's Office Annual Credit Report

ID Theft Info: Federal Trade Commission Federal Citizen Information Center Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs Suffolk County Office of Consumer Affairs

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