Identity Thieves Make Free Use of Public Records to Find Victims


Although recent thefts of government laptops have drawn much media attention as potential sources of sensitive personal identification data used by identity theft specialists, the Miami Herald says online public records are an easier place for identity thieves to get their information.

The records, available with a few keystrokes, contain millions of searchable records brimming with Social Security numbers, dates of birth and all the ingredients criminals need to plunder bank accounts, ruin credit and wreck lives. And although Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring redaction of the material four years ago, uncensored documents remain online, exposing hundreds of thousands of residents to identity theft.


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