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Stop the Pre Approved Credit Cards

I was reading an article in Newsweek recently about identity theft. Part of the problem, besides companies losing backup tapes of people's social security numbers and other information, is that the thieves do it the old fashioned way and pull pre-approved credit card applications out of mailboxes.

I have the greatest idea ever on how to solve that problem!! Listen up, it's really hard to understand......
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How about the credit card companies STOP SENDING OUT PRE-APPROVALS????

It's GENIUS I tell you!!!! Honestly, I hate those notices. All it does is cause me (and I'm guessing 99% of other people) an inordinate amount of hassle by receiving them, and then making sure they're shredded into tiny enough pieces so no one can pull it out of my trash and send it in. Just stop sending them out, and that method of getting credit cards for thieves would be blocked.