Federal regulators warn that the Internet is the thriving frontier for identity theft, but 72 percent of the thefts of personal information for scams last year was done offline, a new report says.
Identity theft — the practice of stealing someone’s personal information and running up bills in their name — cost Americans $52.6 billion last year, the report says.
Thieves got their victims’ bank or credit information online in just 12 percent of the cases.
Identity thieves aren’t making a killing electronically — they’re picking through trash and thumbing through lost or stolen wallets,…
Yeah, it bugs me those numbers as a percentage don’t get to 100, but I can live with it.
I have family members (hi, mom!) who cannot believe how much of my life goes online, including my buying and bill-paying. Some is discomfort with the truly new (so, I push this button and all my money vanishes to where?) to fear of the Dread Internet Pirate.
DIPs exist, but are less common than the old fashioned theives. Just thought you should know.