Identity theft crimes are on the rise. Several resources are available to help consumers protect themselves.
One important resource is the U.S. government's central web site, which includes information about how to protect yourself, how to file a complaint, federal and state laws, and current frauds and scams. That web site address is http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/.
Additionally, in conjunction with the inter-agency Identity Fraud Task Force, the Boston and San Francisco Feds have released a video titled, "Identity Theft: Protect Yourself." Copies of the video are available for $7.50 each, including shipping and handling.
Send orders and payment requests to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, ATTN: Identity Fraud Video, PO Box 2076, Boston, MA, 02106-2076. Your payment must accompany your order request. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The Kentucky commemorative quarter—the first quarter in the Eighth District—was released in 2001. During 2002, the Eighth District saw a flurry of activity with the release of the Tennessee, Indiana and Mississippi quarters.
Three more District quarters will be unveiled in 2003. The Illinois quarter will be available in early 2003, with Missouri and Arkansas—the last state in our District—being released toward the end of the year.
This pattern of heightened activity in our District is purely coincidental. The U.S. Mint is releasing the commemorative quarters in the order each state joined the union.
If you've ever wanted to take a tour of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors but never had the opportunity, you can find a link to a virtual tour on the St. Louis Fed's web site, www.stlouisfed.org/about-us/resources/federal-reserve-system. This virtual tour includes photos of the Board's buildings and art collection along with an architectural history of the Eccles Building.