For the twelfth successive year, identity theft topped
the consumer complaint database of the Federal Trade Commission with the
largest number of complaints, perhaps owing to the rampant use (and misuse) of
online services such as social networking and e-commerce websites.
From the 1.8 million complaints the FTC got in 2011,
almost 300,000 are about identity theft. The information of FTC has included
complaints filed to them or from other states and federal consumer protection
Most of the complaints of identity theft are coming
from consumers saying that their personal details are used in government
documents without their knowledge, with scammers aiming to collect benefits.
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