When we think of the illegal activities of street gangs, we probably think back to news reports, documentaries, or even Hollywood films about dangerous thugs. Drug dealing, gun running, and violent crime probably top the list.

It’s bad enough that ID theft criminals are targeting students of all ages at the beginning of every school year. 

The Identity Theft Resource Center is a non-profit organization that provides free assistance to victims of identity theft. As part of its mission to provide data to law enforcement officials and legislative policymakers, calls to the 24/7 toll-free call center are categorized by the type of identity theft complaint involved.

I feel compelled to write about what credit monitoring does and doesn't do to protect us after reading new information outlining how companies that are breached and then offer credit monitoring can give customers a false sense of security.

Each year, the ITRC provides countless hours of victim assistance to help those who’ve been affected by identity theft. This help is intended to let victims regain some semblance of control over their personal identifiable information.

In cases of fraud, scams, or identity theft, all too often the criminals responsible exhibit behaviors that are the lowest of the low, and a recent case tried in Alaska involving a scammer from Michigan just goes to prove it.

In the world of identity theft, every layer of protection that consumers can employ to block a criminal’s tactics can help. Now, the state of Arizona is addressing those layers by incorporating facial recognition software in the application process for driver’s licenses and identification cards.

 

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