Your Money: Jun. 8, 1998

KEEP A SECRET IDENTITY

It's hard to keep track of all the user names, passwords and other IDs required in the information age. But more Americans are discovering that it can be costly to lose control of these and other bits of personal data. Incidents of identity fraud are on the rise, with criminals stealing credit-card and Social Security numbers to rack up $750 million in charges in 1997, the General Accounting Office reported last week. The House and Senate are working on bills to stamp out the crime. In the meantime, check your credit report and disclose vital statistics only...

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