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Turner: This New Year, Resolve To Protect Your Credit From Identity Thieves

TRENTON – In light of December being “Identity Theft Awareness Month,” as well as a recent news story about a credit counselor being charged with identity theft, Senator Shirley K. Turner wants to remind New Jerseyans to take the necessary precautions to protect their credit this holiday season.

“Identity thieves don’t take a break simply because it’s the holidays,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer. “November and December are some of the busiest months for retailers, and it is also a busy time of the year for identity thieves. It is important that consumers keep a close eye on their bank and credit card statements, to help insure that no unexpected and illegal purchases are made.”

Senator Turner, who has sponsored legislation to help protect residents from identity theft, said she saw the news article last week about a credit counselor who allegedly used someone else’s personal ID information to acquire cars, credit cards and mortgage information.

Senator Turner also went on to note that New Jersey does not regulate or license credit counselors, so residents should exercise caution when giving out personal information.

“In the new year, as always, residents should resolve to protect their credit from identity thieves,” said Senator Turner.