People in the state of California are suffering more losses to identity theft
on average, even as the number of cases slipped last year.
In 2011, there were fewer cases of identity theft reported in California - due largely to a number of major cases that took place in 2010 - but the cost for remediating the problems that arose from these incidents spiked, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News
. Data suggests that identity theft victims paid about $786 to fix the associated problems last year, compared with just $82 in 2010.
"[I]t seems like it's progressively gotten worse the last three or four years," Ronnie Lopez, a San Jose police sergeant and operations manager of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, told the newspaper. "[Fraud is] a very real and prolific threat to our community."Adam Levin
, the chairman for Identity Theft 911, writes regularly on his official blog about the problems consumers face when they are hit with identity theft, and what they can do to fix those issues as quickly and affordably as possible.
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