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Fri., March 1, 2013, 8:45 a.m.

Identity theft escalates in Cda

COEUR d'ALENE - Best check those bank statements again.

.Complaints of identity theft jumped 20 percent in Coeur d'Alene last year, according to new numbers from the Federal Trade Commission.

The city is hardly alone. Complaints of fraudulent tax filings and hijacked credit accounts escalated last year across Idaho, too, as well as the rest of the nation.

"Nowhere in our society is absolutely safe, (not) a doctor's office or a clothing store or a bank or a hospital," said Det. Lt. Rob Turner with the Coeur d'Alene Police. "Someone may have access to your information."

The Lake City totaled 88 consumer complaints of identity theft in 2012, according to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network Report. That's up from the 60 tallied in 2011. Full story. Alecia Warren, Cda Press

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.