Speech to Persuade

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Speech 1A Speech to Inform 1. Introduction A. Opening Device: Good Evening ladies and Gentlemen I want to talk to you about one of the fastest growing crimes in America that has affected millions of Americans. Please raise your hand if you carry a wallet or a purse. Now raise your hand if you have a credit card or a social security number, everyone here today is at risk for identity theft. B. Thesis Statement: Today I will inform you about Identity Theft C. Preview of Main Points: In doing so, I will talk to you about 1) reducing your risk, 2) early detection, 3) How to act quickly.
II. Body A. Identity theft is defined as an illegal use of someone’s information in order to obtain money or credit in the
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Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax are the three major consumer reporting companies.
(I have talked about early detection, but what if it is too late? What if you are already a victim?) C. The answer is you will have to act very quickly. 1. Contact the fraud department at any of the three nationwide credit reporting companies and ask them to place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you before they open new accounts or make certain changes to an existing account. 2. Each of the three credit reporting companies has toll-free numbers to place a fraud alert, you just need to call one, because the company you call is required by law to notify the other two. 3. Now get a copy of your credit report and review it carefully, and close all accounts that were fraudulently opened or used. File a police report. Finally file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You can go to ftc.gov or call 1-877-ID-THEFT follow up in writing and send copies of the documents that support your claim.
III. Conclusion A. Summary: Now that you are armed with more knowledge of how to protect yourself, and take action, you can make identity thieves’ jobs more difficult. B. Closing Device: So, the next time you use your credit card or atm card be a little more careful and make
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