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Seven Signs of Identity Theft - Do you know an ID Thief? (Poll)

submitted on April 12, 2011 by DebsFreebies in "Member's Lounge"
In 2009, 11.1 million adults were victims of identity theft, according to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research. This was a 12% increase from 2008. One of the biggest problems with identity theft is the cost to consumers both in time and money. The study shows that the average fraud victim spent 21 hours and $373 trying to clear their name of identity theft.

You get collection calls about accounts you never opened.
Your credit report contains an account you didn't open.
Your credit card bills suddenly stop coming.

Read the seven signs, here.

http://credit.about.com/od/pri.....-theft.htm

Just as interesting, you may KNOW an identity thief! Many people worry about hackers stealing their passwords or Dumpster divers grabbing their financial documents. But a big chunk of identity theft is committed by the victim's nearest and dearest -- or at least someone the victim knows.

http://articles.moneycentral.m.....Thief.aspx

1. Have you ever had your identity stolen?
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 no
2. Have you ever known someone that stole another's identity?
 yes
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  • 111171
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on April 12, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Years ago, I was in a restaurant for just a minute and someone broke into my vehicle, stealing my backpack containing my billfold. They wrote checks, etc. It took almost 2 years to actually get my ID back, even though the thief was caught days after it happened.
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    • clover
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      Posted by clover on April 13, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      That's awful! Glad to hear they caught the person!
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on April 12, 2011
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    I did however go to Amigo's which is a restaurant in Orlando about five years ago on "Cinco de Mayo" and one of their employees took the info from my ATM card and purchased three $20 online games from "Blizzard Entertainment.com." Since I don't make that much for the school system as a Teacher's Assistant, I check my account often and noticed the three $20 charges all on the 5th of May. I called the company (Blizzard) and they wouldn't give me any info on who purchased the games. They said I would have to get a court order. They new that it would cost more to get a court order and that the banks would just pay back the charges. I haven't been back to Amigo's since.
    Be very careful with your ATM. There is only one establishment that I trust the employees with my card. otherwise I pay cash!
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    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on April 12, 2011
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    Unfortunately, too many people think it can't happen to "them". Thank goodness many people DO check.
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    Posted by honesta on April 12, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Using Credit cards is one way of lowering the risk of fraudulent charges.
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    roxytang
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    Posted by roxytang on April 13, 2011
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    Ten years ago I had my wallet stolen. I only had my debit card in my wallet, and noticed it was gone an hour after the theft. I called my bank right away. The thief(s) had used my card at a gas station pump, because no personal information was needed. I'm glad now that all the gas stations in my area require a zip code when you use a debit/credit card to pump gas.

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