According to the FTC identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America and it can happen to almost anyone unless you’ve taken steps to protect yourself. The FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.
The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, open credit cards and max them out, obtain loans or establish a telephone account, even commit serious crimes – all using your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.