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September 12, 2017

Here's how to fix some big ID theft issues

By MATT O'BRIEN and ANICK JESDANUN
AP Technology Writers

NEW YORK — The Equifax breach didn't just expose sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans — it underscored the huge vulnerabilities that make widespread identity theft possible.

More than 15 million Americans were victims of ID fraud last year, a record high; fraudsters stole about $16 billion, according to an annual survey by Javelin Strategy & Research. The theft of personal information can turn peoples' lives inside out, damage their finances, eat away at their time and cause tremendous anxiety and emotional distress.


 
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