18 Million People in Identify Theft

Imagine getting a phone call from your credit card company or bank telling you that your account has been hacked and large amounts of money have been charged to your card or removed from your bank account. Well, that has happened to around 18 million people in the U.S. last year. 18 million people in one way or another had their online identity hacked, leaked or used. That is a shocking amount, especially when you consider that the financial institutions are supposed to be the most trusted at online security.

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From Network World

Almost 18 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States last year, with the majority of crimes targeting credit cards and bank accounts, the Department of Justice said Sunday.

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The figure represents 7 percent of the U.S. population aged 16 or older and is a rise of 1 million people from 2012, the last year for which the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics published a similar report.

The latest report counts instances where a person experienced misuse of a financial or other account — not simply a breach of their personal information.

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