FTC promotes ID theft awareness
"People are aware [of ID theft], but I don't think they take all the steps that they could to minimize their risk," said Nat Wood, assistant director for consumer and business education at the FTC.
Identity theft -- in which a victim's personal information is used to do such things as take out credit cards or loans in the victim's name, commit crimes while masquerading as the victim, or access accounts -- has been on the rise in recent years. Thieves often obtain the information electronically by using malicious e-mails, instant messages or other types of worms or viruses to trick victims into granting them access their PCs, or through the hacking into databases of online retailers and consumer data aggregators. FTC promotes ID theft awareness
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