The number of identification theft cases surged in 2008, according to a report (.pdf) based on the Federal Trade Commission’s annual data.
In 2008, ID theft was by far the biggest complaint to the FTC, representing 26 percent of complaints. The next biggest complaint — third party and creditor debt collection scams — represented only 9 percent of complaints.
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ZDNet’s Larry Dignan has excellent coverage of the report’s big takeaways.