Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Survey Finds Up To 44 Million In U.S. May Be Victims Of ID Crime

Steven Martin writes in InformationWeek:

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against CardSystems Solutions, where a security breach disclosed earlier this month compromised 40 million card accounts.

The number of Americans who've been victims of identity-related crimes could be as high as 44 million, according to a survey released Wednesday by Deloitte & Touche LLP and the Center for Social and Legal Research. A similar survey conducted two years ago found that 35 million Americans may have been victims.

The survey of 2,322 adults was taken in early May. Twenty percent of those surveyed said they've been victims of ID theft. When extrapolated across the entire U.S. population, the results suggest that 44 million may have been victims.


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