September 7, 2013

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At Risk for Identity Theft? Take the Identity Theft Quiz

Identity theft risk — it’s probably not something you want to think about, but should. We invite you to take a minute to complete our brief Identity Theft Quiz to test your knowledge.

Truth is that identity theft is a crime that can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. The number of identity theft complaints filed with the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network continues to increase every year. The 2012 CSN Data Book categorizes complaints related to identity theft into one of the following major categories:

Identity Theft Risk Fraud Types

  • 42% government documents and benefits
  • 13% credit card
  • 10% phone or public utilities
  • 6% bank card
  • 5% employment
  • 2% loan

It’s hard to believe, but even your state of residence could increase your chances of becoming a victim. For example, the CSN reported that Florida, Georgia, and California were the states in 2012 with the highest per capita rate of reported identity theft. Imagine that! And adults aren’t the only ones at risk, either. A recent disturbing trend is child identity theft, a crime that isn’t discovered until years later, when the child turns sixteen and seeks to buy a car. If this all new to you, take a minute from your busy day to inform yourself.

Test Your Identity Theft Risk

Learn what simple changes you can make to your daily routine that may reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. Take our Identity Theft Risk Quiz, today.


Ezzy Languzzi

Ezzy is a working mother and educator. She writes from the perspective of a parent seeking to strike a balance between all that technology has to offer and its privacy implications. Ezzy lives in Boston with her husband, son, two dogs, and two chickens.