To help entities that have a low risk of identity theft – such as businesses that know their customers personally – the Federal Trade Commission has created a template that guides such businesses and organizations in developing written identity theft prevention programs to comply with the Red Flags Rule. “Create Your Own Identity Theft Prevention Program: A Guided 4-Step Process,” is available at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/redflagsrule/get-started.shtm. The template has guidance and instructions that enable companies to complete and print the fill-in-the-blank form online. Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, the Rule requires many businesses and organizations to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program to detect the warning signs (“red flags”) of identity theft. By identifying red flags, these entities will be in a better position to spot an imposter trying to defraud them by using someone else’s identity to get products and services.
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