Saturday, May 07, 2005

FTC Offers Security Tips to Mothers
FTC Offers Security Tips to Mothers
By Dennis Fisher

The Federal Trade Commission, perhaps having run out of things to do, suggested that Americans forgo giving jewelry and flowers on Mother's Day and instead give mothers an FTC e-card, which includes tips on safeguarding their personal data.

The FTC's e-card message is set to cloying piano music and starts with a Hallmark-esque poem thanking the recipient for teaching her kids to tie their shoes and be careful crossing the street.

But the clincher is the list of four tips at the end that advise mothers on keeping themselves from being victims of identity theft. The messages caution moms to safeguard their Social Security numbers, read bills and bank statements, check suspicious calls and e-mails, and report fraud to the FTC.