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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 fraud is your first it d rUrilnmg ay season By RAY VIGIL/Social Security ips to help!keep 1-800-269-027~rom 10:00 Public Affairs Specialist in El that from happening. Paso, Texas If someone contacts you With all of the holiday shop- claiming to be from Social Secu- ping going on this time of year, rity and asks for your Social Se- both in smms and online, there is curity number, date of birth, or no better time to remind you to other identifying information, beware of fraud--you never beware. Don't provide your per- know where it is lurking, sonal information without first Whenit comes to doing busi- contacting Social Security to heSS with Social Security online, verify if Social Security is really there is little to worry about--all trying to contact you. It could be of our online services are pro- an identity thief phishing for your tected by strong Intemet security personal information. Call Social protocols and you should have Security's toll-free number at 1- confidence that they are safe and 800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325- secure. But, there are other ways 0778). identity thieves and criminals can If you receive a .suspicious obtain your personal information call, report it by going to http:# and cause you significant harm. oig.ssa.gov/report. Or call a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You should provide as much of the following information as you know: The alleged suspect(s) and victim(s) names, address(es), phone number(s), date(s) of birth, and Social Security number(s); Description of the fraud and the location where the fraud took place; When and how the fraud was committed; Why the person committed the fraud (if known); and Who else has knowledge of the potential violation. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. If you or anyone you know has been the victim of an identity thief, contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.idtheft.gov, or 1-877- IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. Another form of fraud that people fall victim to: businesses using misleading advertisements that make it look as though they are from Social Security. These businesses often offer Social Se- curity services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly from Social Security free of charge. By law, such an advertisement must indi- cate that the company is not af- filiated with Social Security. If you receive what you be- .~,~ lieve is misleading advertising for Social~ Security services, send the complete mailing, including the envelope, to: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Hotline, Social Security Administration, BOX 17768, Baltimore, MD Also~ :advise yotfr state's general or co,sBmer af- office~ and the Bett~r Busi- a, Bureau. if yoi], see or hear ::~ what y0u believe % misleading LVFD receives $96k equipment grant :~ertising retated *to S~[al Se- ',~ cu]rity, ~:0u:can rep0rti~it at the The Lordsburg Volunteer Fire Department was recently notified by address abpy,~ by calling 1-800- the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission that it will be the 269-0271 !froml0:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or by visiting http ://oig.ssa. gov/report. Protect your investment in Social Security and do your part ~tO report potential fraud. We rely on you to let us know when you suspect someone is committing fraud against Social Security. recipient of a $96,000 Fire Protection Grant. The money will be used for firefighting equipment for the city pumper, as well as 35 sets of turnout gear for volunteers. More than 140 applications were considered in this year's $20 million funding cycle.The LVFD is an active community partner, hosting the 2014 Christmas Light Parade on December 5 and, above, proudly displaying the Ameri- ban flag on Veteren's Day and other special occasions. Herald staff photo n, MD, Board Certified for 27 Years General Surgeon Cadng for you at GRMC II .SURGICAL SERVICES A Reg ed J dlcd Cenl Pradtce I I II II The Lordsburg Fire Department's 2014 | rl Will be held on gio oneourlgo ill eit;izons, bgsinossos and organizations t;o dPlg OUt t;hOSO GhPiSI;RlaS lights and PIPI;igiP91;O in this Int;ieiPit;Od .ngal ovont;l For m.ore information, call Fire Chief John Hill at 575-313-3905 PNM teaches 5th graders about energy efficiency Fifth grade students at Central Elementary School learned how to measure energy last week, thanks to a PNM program that gives students practical skills needed to save energy, and money, for their families---all while learning why saving energy matters for the environment. Each student received instructions and their own personal kit for launching a home energy hunt that will answer such questions as: How much water really comes out of my faucet? How much energy does a light bulb use? And, besides lighting, what else uses energy in my home? The PNM program gave these energy efficiency kids to 4,500 fifth graders across New Mexico. Courtesy photos I~ Fast Approval I~rBUi/d Your Credit No Checking Account Needed I~ No Hassles I~ Call Us Today! Apply inperson on call ahead! 716 S, Main Call today/ et* rd burg, NM