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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Why Identity Thieves Target Smart Phones

Many identity thieves target smart phones because they are essentially portable containers of your personal identification information that can give them easy access to your accounts and the data necessary to destroy your credit score.

Almost anyone who has one can tell you that a smartphone is very easy to misplace. Whether you haphazardly leave it charging at the office when you leave after a day of work or you leave it on the bus when you’re hastily navigating your morning commute, these small devices have a way of being misplaced that is unfortunate when you consider their value. Thieves take advantage of this tendency for their financial gain, knowing full well that at any point in the day your mind isn’t thinking of the whereabouts of this lightweight and easily misplaced product.

According to data from ZoneAlarm, a phone security company, here are a few facts and figures related to smartphone theft in the United States that may surprise you:

  • Every minute, roughly 113 smartphones are stolen across the country.
  • In 2012, there were a total of 1.6 million smartphone thefts in the U.S., many of which led to individuals becoming victims of identity theft.
  • The top 5 cities for smartphone theft are Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; Oakland, California; Long Beach, California; and Newark, New Jersey.
  • The places where you are most likely to misplace your mobile device are the coffee shop, at a bar, in the office, out to eat at a restaurant or in your very own apartment or condo.

Before a thief runs rampant with your credit, enlist the help of a credit monitoring service to keep a watchful eye on certain activity taking place in your name.

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