Abstract or Description:
Identity thieves are an unfortunate reality in our society. The Federal Trade Commission reports that identity theft tops the list at 37% of complaints. Thirteen percent of the adult population are victims of fraud. It is important to become aware of this problem and take steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. An identity thief obtains some piece of your sensitive information and uses it, without your knowledge, to commit fraud or theft against you. Identity theft is a serious crime. Victims have lost job opportunities; been refused loans for education, housing or cars; or even been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. You cannot completely control whether you will become a victim. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information cautiously and with heightened sensitivity.
Revised 5/2012. Originally published: 2007.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Family & Consumer Resources, Norton School of
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1431