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Id theft to raise

Date: December 24, 2007

This year has been a doozy for victims of identity theft. But next year the threat is likely to be even worse.

Consumers should expect identity thieves to get younger, scams to get harder to detect and security breaches to be more frequent, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

"On the negative side, I think we are going to see a greater sophistication in types of equipment thieves are using," said Linda Foley, founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

"On the positive side, we are going to see more of a collaborative effort by consumers, the business community, law enforcement and governmental agencies working together on a voluntary basis to establish practices that will start to cut off avenues that thieves can take advantage of," she said.

In Arlington, residents continue to fall for technology-based frauds, especially through e-mails, said Lt. Blake Miller, an Arlington police spokesman.

Internet fraud continues to be popular among thieves because people are willing to gamble on get-rich schemes, he said.
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