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How A Neighbor Stole Your Identity

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 1:38 PM
Your next-door neighbor may be part of an identity-fraud ring, according to this MarketWatch article, which includes 6 tips to help you protect your identity.
In the latest flurry of consumer-beware warnings comes this: The thief who stole your identity could live right next door … or in your own home. 

The boiler-room image of tech geeks pounding on keyboards and hanging out in chat rooms scouring for identities they can steal and capitalize on isn’t the characterization of your average ID fraudster, according to a recent ID Analytics study. Many of the more than 10,000 identity-fraud rings—yes, 10,000—in the U.S. are neighbors, couples, and in some cases, entire families.

 

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