Identity Theft: Prevalence and Cost Appear to Be Growing
Reviews and compiles the latest statistics on the incidence and societal cost of identity theft (IT). Generally, IT or identity fraud involves "stealing" another person's personal identifying info. -- such as Social Security number, date of birth, and mother's maiden name -- and then using the info. to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, or take over existing financial accounts. This report provides info. on: the extent or prevalence of IT; the cost of IT to the financial services industry, including direct fraud losses, staffing of fraud departments, and effect on consumer confidence in online commerce; the cost of IT to victims, including victim productivity losses, out-of-pocket expenses, and cost of being denied credit; and the cost of IT to the Fed. criminal justice system.
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