Identity theft still seems to be a growing problem in the country. For the 12th year in a row, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints that the Federal Trades Commission received in 2011, showing that people still aren’t being proactive about protecting their identity.
Of the 1.8 million complaints the the FTC received, 15% of them were about identity theft. The complaints included government document-related identity theft, which accounted for 27% of the complains and rose 11% from last year, followed by credit card fraud cases (14%), as well as phone or utilities fraud and bank fraud. The most cases were concentrated in Florida, followed by Georgia and California. About 70% of those filing complaints reported the theft to local authorities, a good first step in recovering from identity theft.
If you want to do more to protect yourself when it comes to identity theft, the first step is to find an identity theft monitoring service that you feel comfortable with. We review the top services, which provide everything from the standard monitoring to ID theft insurance to computer security. Our favorite is Identity Guard TOTAL PROTECTION®, which offers a free 30-day trial so you can try out their features and services.