It is estimated that someone has their identity stolen every 4 seconds in the United States. Victims spend an average of 600 hours and eight thousand dollars ($8,000) recovering from this crime. No one is immune.
On April 23, 2008, it was reported that hundreds of Ground Zero workers were exposed to potential identity theft when stacks of payroll sheets, with social security numbers, were dumped into a trash bin behind 115 Broadway.
Recently, LendingTree announced that it experienced a security breach when several of its employees stole the personal information of its customers. This information was sold to other financing companies who in turn used the stolen information for direct solicitiations.
If you suspect that your personal information has been stolen or that you have been the victim of identity theft, you should contact a lawyer immediately to find out about your legal rights.