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Identity theft on the rise

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 22:09:19-05
More than 13 million Americans were thevictims of ID theft in 2015.
According to Javelin, a company analyzing customer transactions, EMV or chip card security has made it harder for thieves to make fraudulent charges with a stolen card.
So, bad guys are simply creating new accounts with stolen information.
In fact, new account fraud is up 113%. 
The Nevada Attorney General's office says it's important to exercise due diligence when it comes to protecting your information.
"One practical thing you can do on a day to day basis is on our smartphones, you can have apps that check your bank and the transactions that are occurring either in a savings account or checking account," says First Assistant A.G. Wes Duncan. 
He also suggests taking a look at your bank statements on a regular basis. Never give out your personal information over the phone.
Shred documents you're getting rid of, that have your personal information.