The recent ChoicePoint data breach affected thousands, but a recent study reveals that consumers are more likely to become identity theft victims via two of the most old-fashioned methods--Dumpster diving and phone fraud.
A Better Business Bureau telephone survey of 4,000 consumers found that only 11 percent of known identity-theft cases occurred online, with Dumpster diving and phone flaud accounting for more thefts, according to a study from online business research firm eMarketer.
According to Federal Trade Commission estimates, 3.2 million citizens have their identities stolen each year, and every 10 seconds another American is victimized, the study said. These statistics have led privacy-rights advocates to issue dire warnings about the growth of massive consumer databases, despite the fact that Internet hacking accounts for a small percentage of all thefts.
The eMarketer study said online financial transactions can help reduce identity theft.
"Although the Internet is responsible for...