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ID fraud epidemic continues to grow

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Last year was the best year ever for identity thieves: More victims and more money stolen, according to a new study from Javelin Strategy & Research. An estimated 16.7 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2017, a new record. And the fraudsters stole nearly $17 billion.

Why are the criminals winning? Al Pascual, head of fraud and security at Javelin, says the bad guys are getting smarter and better at what they do.

More Info: Hackers scored more Social Security numbers than stolen credit card numbers in 2017

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