What is Identity Theft? It is the No. 1 crime in America and effecting over 10 million people per year, occurring every 79 seconds, costing customers/consumers over $5 billion in out-of-pocket losses, and businesses over $48 billion as reported by the Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.).
What is so misleading concerning Identity Theft that most consumers and businesses believe it is all about credit/financial. Not so! Identity Theft occurs in 5 areas of theft: financial/credit identity theft, medical identity theft, driver license identity theft, social security identity theft, and character/criminal identity theft. If a thief can get hold of just a piece of your identity information, it could lead to all the other areas of theft. That"s the Big Picture and the identity theft facts! Having just a credit report monitoring service is NOT enough to detect, deter, or defend against Identity Theft.
As of today, over 50% of Identity Theft is occurring in the workplace. As reported by PrivacyRights.org, just from January 1, 2005 to February 25, 2008 (not including years prior) there has been reported to the Federal Trade Commission over 218,621,856+ total number of records containing sensitive personal information involved in security breaches in the United States. To name just a few in the State of North Carolina: most recent Mecklenburg County (stolen laptop in car), NC Dept of Transportation (computer server), Duke University (school website), Carolina Medical Center-Northeast (paramedic laptop), ABC Phones/ACC Communications (files in dumpster),
That is why, effective January 1, 2008 with a deadline date of November 1, 2008, the 5 federal agencies, lead by the F.T.C. has finalize another part legislation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2003 (FACTA), called Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. This new Rule applies to mostly all businesses in
Source by Anthony Herring