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Uncle Sam gives tips on outsmarting ID crooks

Treasury Department releases a DVD to help people protect themselves against scams and deal with incidents.

Consumers with questions about identity theft can now get educated by watching a DVD. The Treasury Department on Thursday released a DVD entitled "Identity Theft: Outsmarting the Crooks" that explains the topic and includes ways to protect against the fraud as well as what to do when victimized.

The DVD features experts from the government and the private sector. Viewers see how a typical victim of identity theft resolves her situation by working with law enforcement officials, credit reporting agencies, and financial institutions, according to The Treasury Department. The DVD runs approximately 80 minutes and can be ordered from the Federal Citizen Information Center in Pueblo, Colo., for a handling charge of $2. (Order Code Number - 635NN).