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Identification (ID) Theft

 

One of the ways that we can be victims of ID theft is the trash contents that we put out for trash pick up.  People will actually go through your trash to look for documents (bills, medical labels, statements, etc) that were not shredded that contain important info on you. 

 

The City of Mansfield passed a City ordinance on December 8, 2008 that clearly makes the activity of unauthorized people picking through our trash, which has been set aside for City trash pickup, illegal and punishable up to $2,000.  In the past, it wasn't illegal, but now we can call the Police when this occurs.  See below for this particular ordinance.

 

§ 50.70  TAMPERING WITH CONTAINERS (OR-1729-08) 

 

     (A)     A person shall not remove any item from a garbage container, trash receptacle or recycling container which has been placed on the curbside of any residence or at the designated collection location of any business.

     (B)     A person shall not tamper with any garbage can, trash receptacle or recycling container which has been placed on the curbside of a residence or at the designated collection location of any business.

     (C)     The provisions (A) and (B) above shall not apply to the following:

          (1)     City employees who may be required to take such action in order to provide city services.

          (2)     Persons employed by a corporation which has a franchise or contract with the city to collect garbage, trash or recyclable materials.

          (3)     To the owner of the real property on which the garbage container or recycling container is placed.

§ 50.99  PENALTY.

 

     Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with or who resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not more than $2,000 for each offense. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.

 

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The Texas Attorney General has produced a new Identity Theft Victim’s Kit (click here) that can help you with the process of recovering from the identity crime committed against you.  This kit outlines six specific steps to take and provides vital contact information you will need to address the effects of identity theft. 

 

In addition, the Texas Attorney General has created a new website for identity theft --- www.texasfightsidtheft.gov .
The Identity Theft Hotline is (866) 720-8100 or (800) 252-8011.  This new website has a lot of good info plus, it has related web links regarding identity theft.

 

 

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