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By jackiezm
July 30, 2015
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In 2014 alone, identity thieves managed to get away with a collective $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers. Two-thirds of the victims had their information exposed via a data breach, which hit a record 783 in 2014, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Have you ever noticed fraudulent charges on one of your accounts? If so, how much was stolen?

 

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