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IDENTITY THEFT

If someone steals and makes use of your identity, the Georgia attorney general's office recommends you take the following steps as quickly as possible:

A black-and-yellow argiope, also known as a garden spider, rests on its web in Phinizy Swamp in Augusta.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
A black-and-yellow argiope, also known as a garden spider, rests on its web in Phinizy Swamp in Augusta.

1. CALL THE THREE MAJOR CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES and ask to have a fraud alert placed on your credit file. You need to follow that with a letter that explains your victim status, what the thief has been doing and again request a fraud alert and that no credit should be granted without your explicit permission.

- Equifax: (800) 525-6285; www.equifax.com

- Experian: (888) 397-3742; www.experian.com

- TransUnion: (800) 680-7289; www.transunion.com

2. IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ANY COMPANY that gave credit or anything of value to the thief. Follow up with a letter that includes factual information about your case, supporting documentation, a copy of your police report and your fraud affidavit.

3. CALL YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE to make a report and obtain a copy for your future use.

4. CONTACT STATE AND NATIONAL AGENCIES that keep track of identity theft:

- Georgia Office of Consumer Affairs, (800) 869-1123 or www.ganet.org/gaoca

- Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338 or www.consumer.gov/idtheft

Source: Attorney General's Office


TODAY

MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST: 8 a.m., Trinity on the Hill United Methodist; with Dr. Gregory Young, Matt Aiken and Mayor Deke Copenhaver; (706) 821-1833.

GEORGIA'S THREE TENORS: Noon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets at Riverwalk Augusta; free admission; (706) 722-3463.

SIBLING BIRTHDAY PARTY: 3-4 p.m., University Hospital cafeteria; free; registration required; (706) 774-2825.

GOOD EATS: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Richmond County Health Department, 950 Laney Walker Blvd. Room 220; nutrition classes; free; (706) 721-5800.

BIKE NIGHT: 7-9 p.m., SNO-CAP Drive-In, 618 West Ave., North Augusta; held by Harley owners group Ladies of Harley; sponsored by Augusta Harley-Davidson; all motorcycles are welcome; free; (803) 279-4004.

SINGLES BIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m., Administration Building, First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pingpong, pool and fellowship; (803) 279-6370.

CREATIVE ECONOMIES: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion, White Oak Room, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; led by the Georgia Tourism Foundation; $10; registration required; contact Jeannie Buttrum, (706) 661-4944.

CSRA PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., dining room in St. John Towers, 724 Greene St.; (706) 855-7690.

INSPECTING CAROL AUDITIONS: 7:30 p.m., Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100; show dates are Nov. 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 29 and 30 and Dec. 1; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.

WEDNESDAY

MICHAEL SEARLES BOOK SIGNING: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Mr. Searles, an assistant professor of history at ASU, will sign his book Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology; question and answer session afterward; (706) 737-1444.

WEE WISDOM: MCG Children's Medical Center Family Resource Library, 1446 Harper St.; registration required; free; Nancy Webb (706) 721-5437.

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOAST-MASTERS: Noon Wednesdays, The Cotton Patch, 816 Cotton Lane; (803) 593-6605.

DROUGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR LIVESTOCK:Aiken County Agricultural Building, 1555 Richland Ave. E., Aiken; topics: emergency feed sources, cool season forage options, and USDA drought programs; (803) 649-6297.

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