The bad news is that identity fraud reached a new high in 2009. The good news is that consumers are fighting back.
The number of ID fraud victims jumped 12 percent in 2009, but consumers are becoming more educated and are filing more reports with law enforcement, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
Javelin analysts said the increase may be due to the economic downturn, when fraud rises historically.
And there are many ways a thief can swipe your personal information, even without your credit card or Social Security card.
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