Identity theft across the United States is becoming a major problem, but still does not receive the attention the issue deserves. Many folks around the country don’t know how prominent the problem is, or how likely it is to affect them. Many people don’t know the extent thieves will go to steal one’s identity, or the vast array of ways they use to do it. What follows are five facts concerning identity theft that may be useful in protecting yourself, both online and in the real world.
1. One In Every 16 Adults Fell Victim to Identity Theft in 2016
Over 6% of America’s adult population was a victim of identity theft, according to data from that year. Identity theft can range from stolen credit card or debit card information, online identity fraud, mail fraud and more, meaning you have to be constantly aware of attempts to have your information stolen. Part of modern life is living on your toes, as unfortunate as that is.