Millions of Americans have their identities stolen every year. More than half of all identity
theft victims discover that their personal information has been used to open new bank and credit
card accounts in their name. Most people don’t find out that they were victims of identity
theft until months after the fact. By then, the damage is immense.
When your identity is stolen, it can take years to repair your credit and restore your good
name. You must do everything possible to protect your private information from identity thieves.
Monitor your credit report, shred personal documents, be careful what you post on social
networks and get opted out of websites that sell information about you. Preventing identity
theft helps you avoid the difficulties of identity recovery.
Identity Theft Statistics
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center:
- More than 11 million adults were victimized by identity theft in 2009
- The total loss to Americans from identity theft in 2009 is estimated at $54 billion
- The number of identity thieves who open fraudulent accounts increases annually.
- Online identity protection tools help consumers reduce the amount people spend to resolve identity theft
OptOut.com will help you avoid identity theft by preventing criminals from finding your personal information online.