Identity-Theft Complaints Double

from the people-becoming-more-aware? dept

The FTC announced today that the number of complaints they received about identity theft doubled in the past year. Of course, it’s unclear if the actual number of identity thefts doubled, or if people were just more aware of the crime, and that they should report it to the FTC. Of course, most of the articles about identity theft tell you to do things like keeping information private and shredding documents – none of which stopped an inside employee at a credit bureau from giving out 30,000 records over the past few years. The best advice in this article is that people should monitor their credit ratings more carefully. In many cases, people don’t realize they’ve been a victim of identity theft until much later. The article mentions one woman whose identity was stolen by a woman who later stole a rental car. The next time the real person tried to rent a car, she was nearly arrested.

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