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The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America," Joe Arpaio, has fallen victim to identity theft in the form of credit card fraud.
The outspoken sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix, said that his credit card information was stolen and used to purchase $291 worth of groceries in Chicago, reports Reuters. Arpaio hasn't visited the Windy City in years.
Arpaio has gained fame (and come under fire) for hard-line tactics against illegal immigrants and suspected criminals -- as well as for other stunts like alleging President Obama's birth certificate was "forged."
Perhaps he should have focused his energies on preventing identity theft instead?
The takeaway from this case should be that no one, not even Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is safe from identity theft. Because if identity thieves are not scared of hijacking Arpaio's information, they surely will not hesitate to steal yours too.
Here are five tips to protect yourself:
If you have fallen victim to an identity thief, you should contact the appropriate authorities. To learn more, check out FindLaw's free Guide to Online Fraud and Identity Theft, and talk to an attorney to learn how you can recover any damages.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.