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N.C. Officials Join With Online Companies To 'Take Back The Net'

Posted June 14, 2006

— State leaders have joined forces with some of the biggest companies on the Internet to protect citizens from predators.

In an effort called Take Back the Net, North Carolina met with representatives from Microsoft, AOL and Visa Wednesday in downtown Raleigh. The goal is to take back the Internet from predators.

Hair salon owner Traci Farmer knows all too well what it is like to be a victim.

"They do have my Social Security number," said Farmer. "They have my address. They had my banking information. They have a lot of info that you just don't want anyone having."

Farmer owns a salon in downtown Raleigh. Her credit card statement was stolen from her mailbox. The thief used her information to go on an online shopping spree totaling more than $5,000.

Officials hope by launching the new Take Back the Net campaign, they can help consumers learn what to do to prevent becoming victims themselves.

First, they should monitor their transactions and credit reports very carefully. Also, they should shred all documents with personal information. Lost or stolen credit cards should be reported immediately. Finally, consumers should match all credit card receipts against their monthly bills.

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