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Holidays bring identity theft and counterfeit currency

DA's Office provides tips for consumers and retailers to combat crimes

— Soares at the event also awarded two local police officers “who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to address these crimes.”

Guilderland Police Department Investigator Charles Tanner and Colonie Police Department Investigator James Gerace Sr. received the DA’s Badge of Honor Award for this work on local investigations and arrests of counterfeit perpetrators.

The DA’s Office also offered tips for consumers and retailers to address identity theft and counterfeit currency:

  • Carefully check your financial statements and report suspicious activity immediately.
  • Run your credit report annually and review for accuracy.
  • If you are handed an item that appears to be fake currency or a fraudulent credit card, contact your local police department or United States Secret Service field office. Do not return any suspected fake bills to the passer.
  • Observe the passer’s description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.
  • Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.
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