Approximately 5 million people were victims of identity theft in the past year, according to FBI crime reports. That's more people than live in the entire state of Louisiana. Identity thieves are ruthless and shrewd and, worse, without conscience. December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month, and thus a very good time to learn to protect yourself. Here are some links that might help you do that:
The Louisiana High Tech Crime Investigation Association has some great links to help keep you safe online.
The US Department of Justice Identity Theft and Identity Fraud page
The AARP's Guide to Preventing Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Reference Desk
The FBI's Guide to "Protecting Your Good Name From Identity Theft"
The FTC's guide to what to do if you have already been a victim of identity crime.
Another victim's guide, from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.