Welcome to the Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention organization.

IDTAP provides advice for individuals wanting to protect their personal information from identity theives as well as resources for victims of identity theft.

IDTAP is one of the largest repositories of identity theft news on the Internet.

Our Perspective:

Identity Theft is a rampant crime spreading throughout the infrastructure of public and private systems made possible by the pervasive availability of personal identity information on the Internet. The financial systems of banks and retail corporations are inundated by fraudulent transactions perpetrated by organized groups of sophisticated criminals. Government benefits and tax systems are also under attack as evidenced by the tens and even hundreds of billions of dollars of fraudulent transactions executed against Medicare and IRS Electronic Tax Filing system. As government organizations continue to publish public records on the Internet and personal vanity motivates individuals to publish personal details on social media sites the incidents of identity fraud increase resulting in escalating financial losses to government, industry, and victims.

"I'm making the social networking scary, and making people realize they're putting too much info online. Everything is public and everything is online, I'm just going to exploit it." Hunter Moore

"The privacy you're concerned about is largely an illusion. All you have to give up is your illusions, not any of your privacy." Larry Ellison

"You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." Scott McNealy

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Recent News

March 20, 2013

Facebook users risk identity theft, says famous ex-conman

"If you tell me your date of birth and where you're born [on Facebook] I'm 98% [of the way] to stealing your identity," he said. "Never state your date of birth and where you were born [on personal profiles], otherwise you are saying 'come and steal my identity'".

August 6, 2013

According to the 2013 Identity Fraud Report, every three seconds, someone is the victim of identity theft.

February 25, 2013

Incidence of Identity Theft Hits 3-Year High

Identity theft in the United States rose to a three-year high in 2012, with more than 5 percent of the adult population, or 12.6 million people, falling victim to such crimes, says a new survey. That's up from 4.9 percent in 2011 and 4.35 percent in 2010.

November 7, 2013

IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to a Treasury report released Thursday.