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Identity Theft Protection
Every day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car online, respond to email or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don't give these transactions a second thought. But someone else may.
There is a new kind of thief whose stock in trade is your everyday transactions, which is based on your personal information - your bank account, income, social security number, name, address, phone numbers and date of birth. Identity thieves take this information, without your knowledge, to commit fraud or theft.
How Big is the Problem?
According to a 2012 Federal Trade Commission Report, for the 12th year in a row, identity theft ranked number one in the consumer complaint category. Of more than 1.8 million complaints filed in 2011, 279,156 - or 15 percent - were identity theft complaints. Nearly 25 percent of the identity theft complaints related to tax or wage-related fraud.
Although you can't completely prevent identity theft from occurring, you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information, wisely. The County is working in conjunction with the public and private sectors to provide you with the knowledge to deal with this very serious economic crime.
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