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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.
- Identity Theft Suspects Face Charges for Major Tax Scams
- Accused Identity Thieves Caught on Big Shopping Sprees
- Hackers Stole $1 Billion from 100 Banks, Rigged ATMs
- Researchers Warn of Coffee Shop Hackers
- Employees Accused of Using Jobs for Identity Theft
- Massive Identity Theft, Tax Return Scam Affects 11,000 People
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.
- 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
- University of Chicago Hit With Data Breach
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