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Identity theft rockets 80 per cent

Identity theft in the US has leapt by 79 per cent over the last year, with only a one in 700 chance of thieves being caught, industry watchers have warned. According to analyst firm Gartner, seven million American adults – 3.4 per cent of all US consumers – were victims of identity theft during the 12 months ending June 2003. “Identity theft is not necessarily a high-tech crime, and can just as easily damage the credit reputations of low-tech adults who don’t spend any time on the internet,” said Avivah Litan, vice president and research director for Gartner. “More than half of all identity theft – where the method of theft is documented – is committed by criminals that have established relationships with their victims, such as family members, room mates, neighbours, or co-workers.” Full Story

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