Report: 10 Million Identity Theft Cases, Most Common Consumer Complaint In US


WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Big data breaches of identity theft increased nearly 20 percent from last year and more than 10 million cases of Americans’ personal records being exposed or published have already been reported in 2014 – making it the most common consumer complaint in the U.S.

A cybercrime research report published last week from the Identity Theft Resource Center shows there were 368 big data breaches of identity theft in addition to more than 10.7 million reported cases of personal information – ranging from medical records to credit card scams – being exposed in the past year.

The continuing increase in identity theft crimes – when someone fraudulently uses personal data to access anything from a person’s bank account to tricking law enforcement – is a crime that the U.S. Justice Department shows as nearly triple that of all other non-fatal violent crimes in the country, CBS News…

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