Identity-theft complaints almost double in 2002

Thursday, 23 January 2003, 3:55 PM EST

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that 43 percent of about 380,000 complaints involved the hijacking of someone's identity information, such as a credit card or Social Security number, to steal money or commit fraud.

The figures come from a government database of complaints collected from the FTC, the FBI and scores of law enforcement and consumer groups. Gripes about fraud in Internet auctions ranked No. 2 and accounted for 13 percent of complaints.

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