What is Identity Theft? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines identity theft as the “illegal use of someone else's personal information (such as a Social Security number) in order to obtain money or credit”.
Each year the number of identity theft cases increases, with consumers between the ages of 20-39 being the most heavily targeted victims. In Maryland alone, there were 5,412 identity theft complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2008. The majority of complaints in Maryland were related to credit card fraud. Across the country, there were 313,982 identity theft complaints received by the FTC in 2008. Learn how to prevent being an identity theft victim and avoid being another statistic.