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Senate Panel Takes Up Identity Fraud Protection Bill

JULY 15, 2005 - Posted at 3:47 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - Consumer advocates say Senator Mark Pryor used his expertise as a former Arkansas attorney general to sponsor part of a bill introduced this week to stem the growing identity fraud problem.

Pryor's section asks the three national credit agencies to let consumers block access to their credit reports and scores without permission.  It was added into a bipartisan bill in the Senate Commerce Committee.

Freezing access to credit reports is a powerful protection against fraud, because creditors won't be able to run credit checks and approve illegal credit use by identity thieves who have access to names, social security numbers and passwords.

Consumers Union, a nonprofit group, says about 50 million people have been victims this year. 

Pryor said he started pushing for legislation as the only former attorney general on the Commerce Committee.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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