Identity theft top consumer fraud of 2006

Of the more than 670,000 consumer fraud complaints made to the Federal Trade Commission in 2006, identity theft was the biggest category of reported cases, accounting for 36 percent of calls.There are several types of ID theft, the most common and most easily fixed being credit card fraud, which not surprisingly accounted for 25 percent of all the identity theft complaints. That was followed by phone or utilities fraud (16 percent of calls), bank fraud (16 percent) and employment fraud (14 percent). (CNN)

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