Identity thieves catch the unwary

Monday, 30 December 2002, 10:21 PM EST

Ever wonder what would happen if someone had taken one of your credit cards to its maximum, cleaned out one of your bank accounts, piled up debts, even committed a crime in your name - without you having any idea until police or debt collection agencies were banging on your door?

Welcome to Identity Theft, the fastest growing, and possible hardest to combat, crime in the US and, now that the Internet has made us all one big happy and exploitable family, possibly the world.

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