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Identity theft is a crime that can be perpetrated using low-tech methods such as dumpster diving or much more tech-savvy means including phishing e-mails, skimming devices and malicious software known as malware. There were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2012. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year.
- Case File: Schools Hit By Identity Theft
- FTC: States With The Most Identity Theft Complaints
- Starbucks Denies It Was Hacked, But Customers Still Losing Money
- Case File: Victims Hit Hard By ID Theft This Tax Season
- Authorities Looking for ID Thieves Targeting the Vulnerable
- Suspected ID Thieves Nabbed in Traffic Stops
A data breach occurs when confidential information, like your Social Security number, credit card number or health information, is exposed or accessed by an unauthorized person. Studies show that individuals who receive a data breach notification letter are more than four times as likely to become victims of identity theft.
- Sally Beauty Confirms Data Breach of Payment Cards
- Countless Americans’ Personal Information May Have Been Stolen in White House Hacking Incident
- Cybersecurity Worker Shortage Intensifies as Data Breaches Increase
- Target Data Breach Victims Could Get Up to $10,000
- Premera Blue Cross Breach Could Impact 11M Customers
- Encryption Not Required of Health Insurance Companies