Identity Theft Victims Don't Even Know They're Victims?
from the that-only-happens-to-others dept
The threat of identity theft online may be overblown, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be paying attention. However, a new study finds not only that many people figure they're safe "because that only happens to others," but nearly half of the victims didn't even realize they had money stolen. It would be nice if there were more details about this particular study, because it's not all that clear. Do they mean this ~50% had no idea ever? If so, how did the study figure out they had lost money? If it's that they didn't realize it for a certain period of time -- how long are they talking? It's not that surprising that identity theft might take a while to discover for many people. Lots of people don't check their accounts that often, and even those who do so regularly may go a month between statements when they don't check -- allowing a thief to have plenty of free time to steal away.