Identity theft is not solely a high tech crime committed on the Internet. It can be as simple as someone stealing your mail or discarded credit card receipt.
Army First Sgt. Finn Carlton knows the horrors of ID theft. A suspect took him for more than $20,000, opening up a line of credit and even obtaining a driver's license.
Carlton is trying to reassemble his life. He immediately called the police, all three major credit bureaus, and the Federal Trade Commission.
The FBI compiles names of victims like Carlton and tries to determine common threads among criminals committing these crimes.
Experts say consumers must protect their vital information at all times and use common sense when dealing with any important bank statements or receipts.
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TransUnion: 800-888-4213 (fraud div.- 800-680-7289)
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (fraud div.- 888-397-3742)
Equifax: 800- 685-1111 (fraud div.- 800-525-6285)
Source: www.idtheftcenter.org (Identity Theft Resource Center Web site) contributed to this report.