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Identity fraud climbed 12 per cent last year

Ellen Messmer | Feb. 11, 2010
Identity fraud hit more victims last year, increasing 12 per cent to an estimated 11.1 million adults in the United States, according to new data.

Watch out for convincing imitations of banks, cards, companies, government agencies and charities in the mail or in cyberspace, Javelin says, and don't publish personal information on social-media Web sites, including even a pet's name or mother's maiden name. Monitoring accounts is vital, and fraud-detection services, which require a fee, may be helpful, he says.


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