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So, you still don't think high-tech identity theft can happen to you? There are 30,000 people who beg to differ.

Federal authorities charged three men with running a scheme to steal credit information from more than 30,000 people, resulting in the theft of more than $2.7 million, the Associated Press reported today. Those numbers could grow as more victims are identified. All it took was a PC, a phone and some ingenuity on the part of the suspects, and a lack of preventive measures on the part of the victims.

Authorities cautioned consumers to check their accounts for evidence of any tampering. We also ask them to read the following articles from's

consumer finance reporter, Eric Gillin. For the past year, Eric has written extensively on the threats posted by identity theft, and how individuals can protect themselves. To read them, simply click on the headline.

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