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Stanislaus County Disctrict Attorney's Office
High Tech :: Identity Theft
  • Identity Theft

Identity theft is one the the fastest growing crimes in the United States and as well as in the rest of the world. The office of the District Attorney, as well as each major law enforcement agency in Stanislaus County, have personnel specifically assigned to identity theft investigation and prosecution. In the first 11 months of 2003, the Stanislaus County District Attorney's office filed complaints on 232 cases of identity theft. This number does not include cases of theft or credit card and check fraud which were issued as such and not specifically as identity theft.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2002, there were over 9 million people in the United states who became victims of identity theft. They estimate that each victim spent approximately 30 hours clearing up their credit and that the theft cost them, on average five hundred dollars ($500.00.) That is a total of 297 million hours and 5 billion dollars lost. These costs do not include the losses incurred by the businesses who were defrauded by the identity thieves. The FTC estimates that those businesses lost almost 50 billion dollars last year alone.

There are several things that can be done to make your identity harder for the thieves to steal. The following is a list compiled by the Stanislaus County Identity Theft Task Force which includes ways that thieves can steal your identity and ways to prevent it.

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