1:03pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Commonwealth

Identity Theft on the Rise, but Underreported

Take out your credit or debit card: Does it display a WiFi icon, which looks like the volume signal on your sound system? A bit of text that says something like "PayWave"? Congratulations: You're now prime identity-theft bait. A scam artist armed with a pocket-size card reader can lift the card numbers from your wallet or purse without even touching you, thanks to the radio-frequency identification chip in your card. About 40 Kentucky law enforcement professionals spent Tuesday learning about such new frontiers in identity theft at a Lexington seminar sponsored by the FBI/Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and Lifelock, an identity-theft protection company.