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Holiday Shopping Safety
Holiday shopping season is almost here and that means holiday crime could be around the corner. December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. The Executive Vice President and Sales Manager for the Oklahoma City region of Arvest Bank, Becky Franklin says December is also the most common time of the year for identity crimes to occur. However, there are ways to protect yourself and your money.
Sara Ciccolari-Micaldi plans to do some shopping for her loved ones this holiday season.
"My family, my boyfriend, my friends and that's about it," said Sara. "And my dog of course."
But Sara did not know holiday shopping could leave her more prone to holiday crime if she's not careful.
"I should be more careful, but I'm not particularly concerned, no," said Sara.
"It's a horrible thing and it's horrible for someone to have to go through," said Becky Franklin of Arvest Bank.
Becky Franklin who works for Arvest Bank says December is the worst time of the year for identity crimes.
"Identity theft wise, I've known several people that it takes them years to get back to the point they were before the theft occurred," said Becky.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 11-million people in the nation fall victim to ID theft each year. But there are ways to protect yourself. First, stay alert when you shop.
"They're watching to see if they can figure out what your pin number is for your check card or they're watching to take your cash," said Becky.
If you have a wallet, put it in your front pocket, instead of your back pocket. If you have a purse, wear the strap across your body. That way, it's less likely to be stolen from you.
"At least it gives you a little more control," said Becky. "If it's across your body, they can't just drag it off your arm and walk off."
Before you spend your money online, make sure the website is safe.
"Because online, it is very easy for them to get your information if you're not on a secure website," said Becky.
Now that Sara knows the potential risks, she plans on protecting herself while she shops.
"I'll keep my cards a little closer to me and I'll be more careful," said Sara.
If you'd like to learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft, go to this website: http://m.usa.gov/usa/topics/money/identity-theft/prevention
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Posted: Friday, November 16 2012, 09:40 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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