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Consumers win

Editorial

With all of the grim news about identity theft, the guy who left his credit card on top of a gas pump at the Frisco Loaf ‘N’ Jug Sunday night must have had a panic attack when he discovered his loss.Fortunately, a good citizen brought the card to the cashier and she put it in her collection of other lost or forgotten cards. Unfortunately, the absent-minded among us cannot depend on the good karma of Summit County folks to protect their credit and identities.In fact, identity thieves know many ways to ply their skullduggery far beyond finding or stealing credit cards. The Federal Trade Commission reports that Colorado incurred the fifth highest number of identity theft complaints last year.Which is why we are pleased to note the Colorado House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that allows consumers to freeze their credit reports as a means of thwarting identity theft.The bill also makes the act of Dumpster diving to steal personal information from the trash a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under the proposed law, consumer credit agencies could not issue credit reports or any information from them without the express authorization of the consumer.State Senate agreement is all but a certainty and the end product will be a victory for Colorado consumers.


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