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Identity Theft (2016)

Published
07/27/2016

According to the Federal Trade Commission, in 2015 Colorado ranked 21st in the nation for the number of identity theft victims, with 123.2 victims per 100,000 population. Identity theft is generally defined as the unlawful use of personal identifying or financial information of another person to obtain cash or credit, including name and birth date as well as a credit card and social security number. Using driver’s license, social security, bank account, and credit card numbers, identity thieves create new accounts or run up charges on existing accounts in the other person's name