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Castor, Ross team up on bill to combat identity theft

Bipartisanship isn’t dead.

Florida Reps. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa and Dennis Ross, a Republican from Lakeland, have introduced a bill that would truncate Social Security numbers on documents.

Ross: “More than 70,000 Floridians were victims of identity theft in 2012. Truncating Social Security numbers will help eliminate the ability to steal someone else’s identity and commit fraud. The Safeguarding Social Security Numbers Act of 2013 will ensure that our personal information remains personal and that everyone remains safe.”

Castor: “Identity theft is a serious issue in our community. For the past two years, Tampa has been the epicenter of tax fraud and identity theft crimes, involving more than $468 million in taxpayer money. More needs to be done to protect our neighbors, and this is bipartisan legislation to implement an important safeguard and reduce identity theft-related scams.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:34am]


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