New identity theft victim if you shop at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s? You probably were already.

TJ Maxx and Marshall’s customers are the latest victims in the unending string of data breaches. The parent company reports that 45.7 million customer records were compromised.

“In its filing, TJX noted cyberthieves first accessed its computer systems in July 2005 and installed software to harvest such sensitive customer information as account information, names and addresses, drivers’ license numbers and military and state identification. The breach continued through mid-January 2007.”

Worried that you’re newly vulnerable to fraud related to identity theft? If you review the list of data breaches posted by Privacyrights.org, the sad truth is you’ll probably find you already were part of another organization’s data breach.

My credo is you should assume you’re a victim of identity theft now rather than waiting to find out for sure that you are – via a call from a bill collector.

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