Thursday, March 08, 2007

ID theft forecast: Gloomy today, worse tomorrow

Thieves are staying a few steps ahead of banks, retailers and the hoi polloi
Virtually every trend line for identity theft is bad news, a research analyst said today as she released a survey showing that 15 million Americans were victimized during a recent 12-month span.

For the year-long period that ended last August, 15 million people were burned by some kind of fraud related to identity theft, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner Inc. analyst. That number is 50% higher than 2003 data released by the Federal Trade Commission.

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