FTC surprised by number of ID theft complaints

Friday - 3/11/2011, 10:41am EST

Steven Toporoff, attorney, Privacy and Identity Protection Division, FTC

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Government documents are at risk of identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission's Top 10 Consumer Complaints of 2010 list. Government documents and benefit fraud was the most common form of reported ID theft by consumers. Steven Toporoff, an attorney with the Privacy and Identity Protection Division at the Federal Trade Commission, told Federal News Radio ID theft was no surprise, but they weren't expecting this many!