Scammers are hitting consumers with the “Can you hear me?” scam, tricking them in phone calls to say the word “yes” and then using that recording to make unauthorized purchases. LYNN HULSEY/Staff

5 things to know about new ID scams

5 Things to know about identity theft and scams

Tax scams remain the most common type of scam.

In 2016 data breaches at companies and other institutions increased by 40 percent over 2015.

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52 percent of data breaches exposed social security numbers, a key piece of information used by ID thieves.

The health care industry continues to lead in the number of records exposed to breaches.

There has been a recent jump in the “Can you hear me scam.”

Sources: Identity Theft Resource Center and Better Business Bureau

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