First steps to counter identity theft

Imagination can run wild with what a thief can do with the Social Security numbers of more than 26 million U.S. veterans, but privacy experts and regulators are advising people not to panic.

The recent theft of veterans' information from the Maryland home of a data analyst with the Department of Veteran Affairs appears to be a routine burglary -- not the work of thieves targeting Social Security numbers, experts said.

Also, the breach was well-publicized, said Linda Foley, executive director of the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego. That means millions of veterans will be on the lookout for potential ID theft and will detect it early if it occurs, she said. | 05/28/2006 | First steps to counter identity theft

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