Chapter 21
Guarding Against Identity Theft

In This Chapter

◆ Why everyone’s at risk
◆ What identify theft will cost you
◆ Identity theft in the twenty-first century
◆ How to protect yourself
◆ What to do if you’re a victim
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the United States. Millions of people will be victimized this year alone, at an ever-increasing cost.
It is not uncommon for identity theft victims to now have tens of thousands of dollars in loans and credit cards issued in their name, over the space of months, before they ever discover the crime. This is a far cry from getting your wallet or purse snatched a few decades ago.
Knowing how to prevent, identify, and respond to identity ...

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