Three graduate from ID school

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue announced three officers attended identity theft school Tuesday, December 9.

Sgt. Joseph R. Fontenot Jr., Detective Ervin Pitre and Sgt. Linton Fontenot attended the school, which was hosted by Gulf Coast.

Lartigue said victims of identification theft should contact the department or their local agency as soon as they realize they have been a victim. He advised residents to not give their driver’s license number, social security number or checking account number to anyone they do not know and don’t leave the information lying around. If someone calls, get their number and call them back. Check out any business you are not familiar with by contacting the Better Business Bureau. If you receive a check in the mail and you did not enter the sweepstakes, it is probably a fraudulent check.

If you are a victim, Lartigue said one should place a fraudulent alert on their credit report by contacting one of the credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian or Trans Union). You should close compromised accounts immediately and report identity theft to the federal trade commission (1-877-438-4338), as well as file a police report.

Lartigue encouraged all residents to be careful with their personal information.

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