id theft

4 Things Identity Thieves Don't Want You To Know

More than 11.6 million people in the U.S. reported having their identity stolen in 2011, 13 percent more than in 2010, and those numbers are likely to rise further. But you can avoid being a victim: Here are four things identity thieves don't want you to know.

Scammers Hacking Computers by Calling Victims on the Phone

The latest scam: A con artist calls you on the phone, poses as a technician from a big company like Microsoft, and claims he's detected a virus on your computer. He (or she!) then asks for access to your computer in order to "help" you. From there, the scheme can become one of several moneymaking ploys.

Identity Theft Falls 28% in 2010

Identity thieves are claiming fewer victims, but those victims are spending a lot more time and money resolving the incidents, according to a survey by research firm Javelin Strategy & Research.