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Companies offer credit protection

(AP)-- As the economy continues to shrink, some companies are offering services to protect consumers' credit lines.

Those companies monitor and help prevent identity theft by monitoring credit reports and the Internet to flag fraudulent activity.

But the companies don't stop thieves simply using a stolen credit card number to buy things with.

More than a quarter billion records containing personal information have been lost or stolen since 2005.

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