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The University of South Carolina is dedicated in educating the
University community about identity protection. This Web site is designed to provide facts, tips, definitions and resources for the community to help protect personal and sensitive information.


Did you know....
Recent research from Gartner indicates that in 2004:

  • 57 million adults in the United States believe they have received a fraudulent e-mail
         requesting personal information i
  • 1.78 million adults in the United States remember giving ‘phishers’ their sensitive financial or
         personal information by filling in a form on a ‘spoof’ Web site ii
  • Nearly 1 million people have suffered from identity theft fraud … costing banks and credit
         institutions $1.2 billion in direct losses iii
  • If measures are not put into place to combat e-mail scams and online identity theft, consumer
         trust will erode and annual U.S. eCommerce growth will slow to 10% or less by 2007 iv
  • Already, 63 million U.S. adults pay their bills online v