Identity theft is one of the nation's fastest growing crimes and it could take years for victims to recover.
Thieves could be getting private information from some surprising places. For the right price, an identity thief might get a peek at your social security number.
Bill Kyger, chairman of District 4 Rockingham Board of Supervisors, knows identity theft all too well.
He says, "And she started quoting out the names to this person she was talking to, and one of the names she quoted was mine, my name."
A young woman used online public records from different court clerk's offices around the state to get his social security number as well as several other peoples.
So while Kyger does not politically endorse Rockingham Clerk of the Court candidate Myron Rhodes, he came to Rhodes' aid to get the word out about a big problem that could threaten many more people in the Commonwealth.
Kyger says, "The issue of identity theft and invasion of privacy is an issue that should concern us all. It is a bi-partisan issue. Its not a Democratic issue, it's not a Republican issue."
Rhodes says, "They were supposed to go online with court records, land records, deeds, and divorce records are considered land records in some cases."
Anyone who is willing to pay $50 has access to these public records. That is why both Kyger and Rhodes are working together to get personal information redacted, or taken out of the documents the public can pay to see.
One of the ways to get this done is through an amendment for identity and information protection, which Rhodes says Is vital to ensure that the trust of the general public is not compromised.