Crime Victims Targeted Again

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Dan Cochran calls himself a hard-working businessman. He helps run a used car dealership off of Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs.

Cochran was also recently the victim of a crime. His family's checkbook was stolen a couple of months ago.

He says that ever since that theft, his family has been inundated with all kinds of offers.

"A couple of months ago we had our checkbook stolen out of our car," Dan tells us. "Ever since then we've been getting these fraudulent things."

Don says he received a notice from a company in Grand Junction, demanding $125. It looks like a bill from the state of Colorado, but it isn't.

The Better Business Bureau says it's just an official-looking record keeping offer that's been circulating in various forms for five years.

It warns that the service isn't necessary and you aren't in trouble with the state.

Don also got a mailer from an identity theft protection company that's offering to monitor all his accounts for $16 a month. We told Don it's something he could do on his own for free.

He says he's also getting a lot more fraudulent phone calls, asking him for personal, identifying information such as his date of birth.

We checked with Colorado Springs police and they warn that a crime victim is often under a microscope. They say it pays to make yourself a hardened target so you aren't singled out again.

Don says he's now taking steps to better protect his family's personal information.

Remember, the best way to protect yourself is to continually monitor your accounts and your credit.

You can get a copy of your credit report every year for free.

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