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Most Afraid Of ID Theft, But Not Altering Actions DALLAS-Three-out-of-four Americans believe technology is putting them at risk for identity theft, yet more than half say they are not reducing their use of technologies, including ATMs and online transactions, to limit their risk. The survey of 1,000 Americans by Intervoice found a similar three-out-of-four people surveyed also believe their identity and personal information are no more secure than one year ago.

The research, compiled by TNS NFO Global, also found:

* Technology causes the most concern about ID theft, more so than person-to-person interactions, such as dealing with store employees. However, older consumers (60-plus years) are more concerned about paper receipt trails than their younger counterparts.

* Among those who have changed their behavior due to concern over ID theft, about one-fifth have stopped making purchases via telephone.

* Older individuals are more likely to refrain from various activities such as online purchase, online banking and using ATMs, in order to protect themselves from identity theft.

Many American consumers, like their European counterparts, favor a national identification card as a means of protection against identity theft. The survey found that over 40% of individuals in the U.S. and more than half in Great Britain would be willing to use this as their primary means of protecting themselves from identity theft. However, most Americans find that responsibility for protecting identity lies primarily with individuals themselves, instead of governments or private enterprise.

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