February 6, 2007
Bronson is also reminding consumers that they can put a security freeze on their credit reports. While there is a small fee for the service, the freeze prevents access to a consumer's credit report without their authorization.
Once a freeze is in place, a criminal would be unable to open a charge card or other account in the consumer's name without their knowledge.
A recent AARP study found that 81 percent of older consumers are concerned about becoming a victim of identity theft but less than one-third were aware of security freeze options.