Here is an interesting article that puts the dangers of identity theft into perspective.

Widespread media reports have given rise to much misinformation and confusion around the issue. Many people believe that banking or buying online increases the risk, for example, though the chances of fraud are far greater in the brick-and-mortar world.

Just 12 percent of identity fraud cases last year occurred because the victim was active online, while 63 percent happened as the target used traditional channels, according to a survey by Javelin Strategy & Research, which tracks such data.

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Separating myth from reality of ID theft