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 May 3, 2005
Newlyweds targeted in scam in Delaware
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NEW CASTLE, Del. A new identity scam is targeting newlyweds.

A Delaware official says couples have been receiving letters asking them to register their name change with the federal government. They're asked to supply a wealth of personal information, including address, birth date, and Social Security number.

The newlyweds are even asked for a fee -- about 15 to 20 dollars, payable by check or credit card. As the Delaware official puts it, these couples are handing over their most personal information, and paying the scammers to take it.

He adds that there's no federal or state rule requiring people to register a name change after marriage. In an interview with The (Wilmington) News Journal newspaper, he urges couples who get such a letter to throw it away.

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