Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. In this video you will learn more about what ID theft is, how it happens, and why it matters to be prepared.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million people were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014. While this fact is alarming, it shouldn’t be surprising – our information is everywhere. The video above goes into detail about topics related to identity theft that everyone should be aware of, including: what identity theft is and why it matters, the devious ways identity thieves steal personal information (and the ways consumers make themselves vulnerable), how credit card fraud is different from identity theft, and how credit monitoring is different from identity protection.
You’ll also hear stories about real ways people have become victims of identity theft. Stolen identities can result in huge losses – financially, and the amount of time it takes to restore an identity – so it’s essential that people understand the importance of protecting their identities and what they can do to stay safe.