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Identity Fraud More Prevalent Than You'd Imagine

At least 16% of Americans have engaged in some kind of identity fraud -- lying about their Social Security number, name or birthday -- on applications for goods and services, a new study reveals. That's 45 million people trying to game the system, and every time one succeeds, he or she may be making trouble for you.

The Truth About ID Theft Protection Services

With identity theft on the rise, consumers are actively seeking ways to protect themselves. A crop of companies has sprung up offering identity theft protection services. But how well do they really work?

Homeless Man Finds Macy's Shoppers' Records

A St. Louis homeless man, trying to stay warm, stumbled on the personal information of Macy's shoppers as he was building himself a bed with trash he found in a downtown store's Dumpster. And it's not the first time that's happened for that particular store.