Identity Theft Resources

What is identity theft? Statistics say that Identity theft may well be the fastest growing crime in the U.S. According to Javelin Strategy & Research's 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report, the number of identity fraud victims in the U.S. increased 12% to 11.1 million adults in 2009 and total annual fraud increased by 12.5% to $54 billion. An earlier report - the 2003 Identity Theft Survey Report prepared by Synovate for the Federal Trade Commission - found that the total cost of this crime is some $50 billion yearly, with the average loss from misuse of a victim’s personal information being $4,800. And, according to statistics, the estimated number of persons affected by the identity theft fraud problem in all of its forms (e.g., credit identity theft, identity theft fraud, business identity theft) was 9.9 million in 2003. And figures detailing the level of this crime are almost certainly much higher than shown on such surveys since "reporting hasn't kept pace with the crime and many ID thefts go undetected." (See article, Identity Theft: What, Me Worry? in

The remainder of this web page lists a variety of resources, statistics, articles, and links to cases, causes and examples involving the ID theft problem to help you prevent becoming a victim to this modern scourge.

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Federal Trade Commission Resources

Fighting Back Against Identity Theft - Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission provides a wealth of information on protecting yourself from falling victim to the growing problem of identity theft:



Additional Information

How Identity Theft Works
Article entitled, "How Identity Theft Works" - from HowStuffWorks.

Identity Theft Defined
Wikipedia notes that The Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act (2003)[ITADA] amended U.S. Code, Section 1028 to define Identity Theft as, "Fraud related to activity in connection with identification documents, authentication features, and information".

Identity Theft Articles and Links
Articles and related links on what to do if you're an identity theft victim.

Fight Identity Theft
Free tips, tools, and information. How to prevent and detect identity fraud.

Understanding and Avoiding Identity Theft
How to Avoid ID Theft.

Identity Theft
Article and Resources.

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