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27 May 2010

5 notorious identity thefts

A blogger's list of five well-known identity theft cases reminds me about them but also identifies something I hadn't heard of:

One of the bigger types of theft as you can see is utilities fraud (18% of all ID thefts). That is one that most people may not even think about. Essentially, this results from people using a child’s clean credit to get their power, water, gas, cable, or phone services turned back on. They are desperate for these services and will go to any lengths sometimes to make sure they get them (including ID theft).

Googling some key phrases from that blog brought me to another site that published a bunch of statistics on identity theft, mostly prior to 2009. Their identity theft risk self-assessment form is a simplistic but quick way to find out how at risk you are.

Regards, Gary

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