Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
The retail industry has experienced an onslaught of data security breaches, placing millions of consumers at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. To help consumers minimize the damage, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling offers the Identity Theft Checklist, a step-by-step guide on what to do and how to protect yourself from financial damage if your identity has been stolen.
Over 16.6 million cases of identity fraud were reported in 2012 and affected 7 percent of U.S. households, according to the Bureau of Justice Identity Theft Report. These identity theft cases amounted to $ 24.7 billion in total losses a 187 percent increase since 2009.
Identity theft has become a national epidemic with millions of Americans personal and financial information stolen from the systems of major corporations such as Yahoo, Target and Neiman Marcus, stated Steve Trumble, president and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. If you do find that your privacy and security have been violated, make sure you take the necessary precautions to ensure that the thieves do not destroy your credit score and financial future.
If you have misplaced your drivers license, credit card, debit card, or social security card, you could be at risk for identity theft. With National Consumer Protection Week beginning on March 3rd, follow ACCCs Identity Theft Checklist if you are at risk or have been a victim.