Did You Know?
In a little over two years, Choicepoint, Bank of America, DSW
Shoe Warehouse, Cardsystems, Department of Veterans Affairs,
and other organizations have lost
the confidential financial information of over 90 million Americans!1
Identity Theft is a serious problem that can
take years and thousands of dollars to resolve. According to the
US Justice Department 2004 Justice National
Crime Victimization Survey, about 3.6 million households,
or three percent of all households in the US, discovered that they
were the victim of at least one type of identity theft during a six-month
period in 2004.
Households headed by young people (18-24 years
old), those in urban or suburban areas and those with incomes of
$75,000 or more were the most likely to experience identity theft.
Victimization did not differ by race or ethnicity. About two-thirds
of the households said they lost money.The estimated loss during
the 6-month period was about $3.2 billion.
Don't be an Identity Theft Victim
By far, the best option
is to take the right measures to prevent identity theft
before it happens to you. There are a variety of things you can do
to protect yourself from being an identity theft victim.
Identity Theft Portal is an online resource for identity
theft protection and identity theft victims. Our goal is to provide
you with the information you need to guard against identity theft
and to prevent it from happening to you.
Use the links to the left to navigate the Identity Theft Portal, or use the links below for information by state (United States only).
1 U.S. PIRG: http://www.uspirg.org/financial-privacy-security/identity-theft-protection