City adopts ID-theft policy

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By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Council has adopted a policy that outlines its procedures to prevent and address identity theft.

City Council voted 6-0 on April 22 to adopt the policy, which stems form the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Councilman John Howard was absent from the meeting.

“This is something we’ve tried to do all along,” said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.

The policy complies with the Federal Trade Commission’s requirement for creditors that hold consumer accounts.

The city of Lancaster is considered a creditor and was required to develop and implement a written identity-theft prevention program by May 1.

The policy outlines ways to identify, detect and respond to patterns, practices or activities called “red flags” that could indicate identity theft.

Documents that appear to be forged or altered, and suspicious changes of address on accounts are some of the examples outlined.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152