Identity Theft is on the Rise

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been close to 400 data breaches just in 2014. Cybercrime is starting to look routine at this point, but it doesn’t make it any less painful for the victims.

Identity theft happens whenever someone else uses your name to do anything from opening a bank account to stealing your tax return. According to a recent report, over 34 million Americans have had to deal with it at least once. In 2013 there was a new victim of identity theft every two seconds. For about a third of victims, it takes months to sort out the problem. The average cost of theft is almost $2,000. An Internet crimes expert said he thinks more people are falling for these crimes, because they are comfortable with the Internet, and might be using websites they don’t know are trustworthy.

They give information out,¬†especially if the person sounds legit on the phone. In times of natural disasters they prey on those feelings, calling, getting information, that way they can scam you out of your identity or money,” said John Sedoski, a computer crime specialist with the National White Collar Crime Center.

For more information on how to avoid being a victim, figuring out if you are one, or how to report Internet crime, you can visit any of these websites:

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