About Identity Theft
Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation. Yet it's more than someone stealing your credit card and making fraudulent charges on it. It's someone using those personal particulars associated with your identity, such as your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, even your mother's maiden name—without your permission to commit crime. This crime may include establishing credit card accounts or loans, changing information or making requests on your existing accounts, draining bank accounts and more. And while identity theft claims new victims nationwide every day, most people believe that it can't happen to them.
Fact: Identity Theft can happen to you.
Identity theft is a non-discriminatory crime. Regardless of gender, age, race, social or financial status, it can happen to anyone, at any time.
- Approximately 8.9 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2006.1
- Identity theft victims spent an average of 40 hours resolving the problem.1
- The mean fraud amount per victim rose to $6,383 in 2006.1
- The overall fraud amount has risen to $56.6 billion.1
If you suspect you have been a victim of identity theft, call one of our specialists at 1-800-423-4343. You should also download our Identity Theft Tool Kit.
1 Javelin/Better Business Survey - January 2006
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