That's Not Me! Identity Theft in Florida - How You Can Protect Yourself from Tax Fraud! Part 1

South Florida taxpayers beware of tax identity theft! An increase in technology and the free flow of information of this day and age brings with it an increased risk of identity theft, a serious problem for many people in the United States and especially in the State of Florida - people whose names and credits have been destroyed. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Florida had the highest rate of identity theft in the United States in 2011, with Miami at near epidemic proportions. Florida's top complaints resulted from fraud associated with government documents, such as tax returns, and credit card fraud and bank fraud.

Identity Theft or Identity Fraud is the criminal act of taking a person's identity to perform a fraud or other criminal act. Those acts include, but are not limited to, filing for a fraudulent tax refund, filing for employment under the stolen social security number, obtaining credit cards from banks or retailers, stealing money from the victim's existing accounts, applying for loans in the victim's name, establishing new accounts, leasing automobiles or residences, or committing another crime.

Many people are under the misconception that something major has to happen for them to be a victim of identity theft. However, this is simply not the case. You don't have to lose your wallet for identity theft to happen to you. In fact, there are so many sources for your confidential information and personal data that it can actually be difficult to prevent id theft.