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English Pronunciation News: Identity Theft

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The Identity Theft Resource Center recommends that people have an action plan to protect their identities in the case of a natural disaster. You can make photocopies of all of your important documents and put the originals in a separate place, such as a safe deposit box at a bank. Put the copies in a portable locked box which you can take with you in an emergency. They also recommend that you make copies of everything in your wallet and put these also in the locked box. This is because most people keep their important possessions in their wallet, such as family pictures. Criminals do take advantage of natural disasters by looting evacuated areas or by being scam artists and trying to get identity information from people who suffered major losses. Criminals will also try to steal identities through phishing scams.        

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1. identity (i-DEN-i-dee or i-DEN-ti-tee): T can be silent after an N, especially when speaking quickly or informally
2. photocopies (FO-do-co-pees): T becomes a light D between vowel sounds according to standard American English
3. important (im-POR'N or im-POR-tent): T can reduce and N becomes a strong sound--also optional
4. portable (POR-du-bul): T becomes a light D, R and L act as vowels phonetically
--means something you can carry
5. locked (LOKT): -ed sound is T
6. advantage (ad-VAN-ij or ad-VAN-tij): T can be silent after an N, especially when speaking quickly or informally
7. looting (LOO-ding): T becomes a light D sound
--means taking things from a place when the usual residents are not there
8. scam artists (SCAM-ar-dists): use good A on "scam," T reduces in "artist"
--someone who pretends to be trustworthy in order to steal something
9. phishing scam (FI-shing-scams)
--means online/electronic scam, often to get identity or credit card information

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