The fraudulent use of your identity to get cash, credit or merchandise is the fastest growing financial crime in America. Older people make up a significant percentage of the millions of Americans who are victims of identity thieves each year.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft targeting people over the age of 60 jumped from 1,800 cases in 2000 to almost 6,000 the following year. Most of those cases involved the use of Social Security numbers.
A convicted identity thief in our state recently said that 80 percent of her victims were seniors. The reason was that seniors often have better credit, and retirement communities are easy targets.
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