Identity Theft Again Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaints: Are Risky Wifi Activities to Blame?


With 1.34 million complaints during 2010, identity theft once again topped the list of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC isn’t able to determine what percentage of ID theft cases originated solely from Internet activity, since most people don’t tend to find out immediately that their identities were stolen. This PC World article quotes an FTC spokeswoman who reminds us that, “if you lose your wallet on Monday, and Tuesday someone starts using your cards, you have a pretty good educated guess. Otherwise you don’t. And how would you know if someone stole your identity on the Internet?”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.