A recent survey of identity theft victims reveals some scary and surprising facts you need to know.
Identity theft was a problem before people ever started posting all their personal information online. In 1998, Malcolm Byrd from Wisconsin read in a paper that a man falsely using his name had just been arrested on drug charges. Byrd got the paper to add a correction, but for years after, police records continued to show that Byrd had been busted for drugs. Since then, Byrd has been arrested, lost his license and nearly had his kids taken away, all because someone had taken his identity and tarnished it. This story may seem extreme, but the truth is that people across the country experience different degrees of identity theft and fraud. It can happen to the chairman of the Federal Reserve and it can happen to a 12 year old boy. And arguably, the problem is getting worse now that our lives overflow onto the Internet. Here are some surprising (and often frightening) identity theft statistics from 2009, and some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of this yourself. Photo Credit: CarbonNYC