Identity theft continues to top the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints, and American consumers reported losing over $1.6 billion to fraud overall in 2013, according to the FTC’s annual report on consumer complaints released today.
“Americans of all ages are vulnerable to identity theft, and it remains the most common consumer complaint to the Commission,” said Jessica Rich, director, Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We urge consumers to visit FTC.gov/idtheft for tips to prevent and mitigate the damage from identity theft.”
The Commission received more than two million complaints overall, as reported in the agency’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2013, of which 290,056, or 14 percent, were identity theft related. Thirty percent of these incidents were tax- or wage-related, which continues to be the largest category within identity theft complaints.
(FTC Press Release – February 27, 2014)
Identity theft happens. It’s an unfortunate fact of modern life. And YES, it can happen to you!
But there are certain steps you can take to help keep your personal information from falling into the wrong hands.
Watch this short video from the Federal Trade Commission (1:20) for some sound tips on how to protect yourself. Simply click on the link. below.
It could be the smartest one minute twenty seconds you’ll spend today!