Safe Family: Identity theft

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

In today's Safe Family report, a startling new survey shows that the number of Americans victimized by identity theft is on the rise. But victims are striking back quicker and limiting how much is stolen.

The study by Javelin Strategy and Research says the number of reported identity theft cases jumped 22% last year to over 9 million.

The report also says the cost per incident, including unrecovered losses and legal fees, fell 31 %, to less than $500.

"Get a shredder, make sure you don't put credit card applications in the trash without shredding them first. When you're done with bank statements, shred them and don't give out your social security number or credit card number over a cell phone,” advises Russ Wilson with Allstate Insurance.

One reason for the spike in the number of cases is current tough economic conditions.

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  • by brandon Location: tampa on Feb 15, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Identity theft is a big problem these days. In times of recession people will stoop to ultimate lows to make money for their families. I found some good ways to prevent identity theft in this article. I hope it helps you too http://www.gotoguy.com/2009/02/15/prevent-identity-theft/
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    You can't even trust your own family members. My son's father used his ssn to get credit cards, maxed them out and never paid them. Son won't file charges, but has had to hire a lawyer to get things changed around. Identity theft even affects people trying to get a job. Watch your back everyone.
  • by Frank Location: Grayson County on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    What can be done? I know someone who has been told by the state that her ss number is being used, only this past month someone in San Antonio has been found using it, anyone have any ideas? SS won't help, what can she do? Congressman's office won't answer the phone... This makes 15 or more that have been found to be using this lady's number!!
  • by LORI Location: SHERMAN TEXAS on Feb 11, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    I received an e-mail last night stating my atm had been suspended. The name of the bank was Franklin bank. It states to call 888-893-8552 to reactivate. I called my bank this a.m. and they state it is a fraud.
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