We’ve all heard the scary statistics of identity theft. In the last year:
- An estimated 16.7 million people were victims
- Identity theft cost Americans $17 billion (compared to a whopping $21.8 billion in 2012)
- The Federal Trade Commission took 371,061 reports of identity theft in the U.S., including 133,015 reports of credit card fraud
Behind all of these numbers are living, breathing identity theft victims. Each victim now has trouble convincing people that he is who he says he is… and that various nefarious crooks aren’t him! This is one such story of an educated, computer-savvy victim, along with tips on how you can protect your identity from this digital epidemic.
In 2011, Greg Scott’s credit card was compromised. The IT professional discovered the problem when his card was unexpectedly declined while ordering equipment for a customer over the phone.Turns out, the decline was because there we…