Identity Theft Facts (IdentityTheftFacts.com), the Web’s premier identity theft protection research resource, has created a forum where users can share ID theft experiences, swap tips, and even console or encourage each other.
Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) April 18, 2011
Identity theft, one of the nation’s fastest growing crimes, arguably represents the greatest scourge of the Digital Age. The world’s advanced economies traffic in information, which means that data security matters today more than it ever has – both to these economies and to the individuals who participate in them.
Personal data security has become an individual responsibility, one which grows more urgent with each passing day. Not a news cycle goes by without several headlines announcing yet another rash of identity thefts. A story appearing in February 9, 2011 edition of The Washington Post offers a clear sense of identity theft’s epidemic proportions. Distilling the findings of Javelin Strategy & Research, the Post article presents the following startling facts concerning identity theft last year:
- Some 8.1 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2010;
- Financial losses owing to identity theft in 2010 amounted to $37 billion;
- The average out-of-pocket personal expense in 2010 for ID theft victims amounted to $631;
- Data security breaches exposed 26 million records of sensitive personal information in 2010;
- Incidents of “friendly fraud” – fraud committed by a friend or relation of the victim – increased by 7 percent from 2009.
These horrifying figures fail to convey the huge psychological and emotional toll identity theft takes on its victims. The sense of violation victims feel can make them feel helpless and alone in their plight. That’s why Identity Theft Facts, the Web’s premier identity theft protection research resource, has created a forum where users can share ID theft experiences, swap tips, and even console or encourage each other – all in a convenient, secure, and easy-to-use context.
This newly launched identity theft forum reflects Identity Theft Facts’ commitment to a holistic vision of identity theft recovery. The trauma of this insidious crime can remain with victims long after their wealth and credit have been restored. Identity theft protection isn’t merely a technological proposition. History has shown that community proves one of the best security measures people can take against identity theft. Identity Theft Fact’s forum community aims to offer just this sense of security – the security that comes with knowing that friends are just a mouse-click away.
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