U.S. Consumers Taking Steps To Stymie ID Theft
More than 7 in 10 Americans have taken steps to protect their identities, a poll released Friday noted, indicating that although consumers may be worried about ID theft, they're not waiting to be targeted.
According to the Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll, 73 percent of 2,100 U.S. adults surveyed said that they now monitor their bank and/or credit card accounts for suspicious activity, while 72 percent claim they shred mail that contains account numbers.
Other steps consumers have taken include limiting access to their Social Security numbers (69 percent), checking credit reports regularly (41 percent), limiting online buying (30 percent), and cutting back on online banking (24 percent). InformationWeek | Identity Theft | U.S. Consumers Taking Steps To Stymie ID Theft | May 19, 2006
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