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ID theft level drops, but cost remains high

ID theft level drops, but cost remains high

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Identity theft levels are at their lowest rate since 2007, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. However, the cost to consumers is on the rise. To find out more, see Identity Theft Falls 34%, Victims Pay More.

Protect yourself from fraud

Clearly we're all getting better at identifying phishing scams and other kinds of email and web scams. You know the basics, but here are a few tips that you might not have heard about yet.

  • Internet Explorer's InPrivate browsing can help protect your personal information when you use a public computer. Learn more.
  • If you receive email claiming that you've won the Microsoft Lottery, hit the delete button. The message is an example of an email scam. Learn more.
  • Your first line of defense against ID theft is a strong password. Check the strength of your password.

For more information, see Get help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams.


 

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