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Watch Out! Identity Theft is on the RISE… Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in our nation today. Besides dumpster diving, mail theft and lost/stolen wallets, criminals are stealing information by overhearing conversations made on cell phones, from faxes and emails, by hacking into computers, from telephone and email scams, and even from careless online shopping and banking.
Being a victim of identity theft is a painful experience, as millions of Americans have discovered. While identity theft may seem like the stuff of movies or crime novels, it has now become a common occurrence in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimated that 9.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft at a cost of $53 billion to consumers and businesses. Identity theft is a serious crime. How does it happen? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. While you can’t entirely control whether you will become a victim, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. If you need assistance or additional information check the Identity Theft Resource Center at www.idtheftcenter.org.