What Is ID Theft?

The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be.

Facts about the nation’s fastest growing crime.

By knowing the facts, you can arm yourself with the right tools and support if identity theft ever happens to you.

Revealing the bigger picture

Your personal data can be stolen long before you realize you’re a victim. By knowing how identity thieves operate, you can better protect yourself.

1"U.S. Postal Inspection Service. (2017). Identity theft is America's fastest-growing crime". U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

2"Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2015). Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (NCJ 248991)". Bureau of Justice Statistics.

3"Javelin Strategy & Research. (2017) Identity Fraud Hits Record High with 15.4 Million U.S. Victims in 2016". Javelin Strategy.

4"IBM. (2017). IBM X-Force Finds Historic Number Of Records Leaked And Vulnerabilities Disclosed In 2016". IBM.

5"Identity Theft Resource Center. (2017) Data Breaches Increase 40 Percent in 2016". Identity Theft Resource Center.

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