It's no real secret that about 27 million people have been victimized by identity theft in the last five years. What did surprise me, though, is that about 41 percent of those people are still trying to clean up the aftermath of identity theft more than two years after the fact.
According to this article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the key to reducing both the cost of identity theft and the time it takes to clear it up is quick action. The sooner you catch the crime and begin the cleanup process, the less damage that's done. If you're not sure how to fight back after identity theft, check out the Recovering Your Identity topic. You'll find lots of information to help you there.