Oct 12, 2010

Myth vs. Fact: Identity theft

Myth vs. Fact: Identity theft:
Myth: Identity theft usually happens on the Internet.

Fact: Online methods accounted for only 11% of identity theft in 2009

Most identity theft happens offline. According to a 2009 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, stolen wallets and paperwork account for almost half (43%) of all identity theft.

Steps you can take to help prevent identity theft include:
  • Keep sensitive paperwork in a locked storage device and never put checks in an unlocked mailbox.
  • Shred sensitive paperwork when you no longer need it.
  • Never leave your wallet, purse, mobile phone, or laptop unattended.
You can increase your identity protection online with these steps: