Victims of Identity Theft, 2008
Approximately 11.7 million persons, representing 5% of all persons age 16 or older in the U.S., were victims of one or more types of identity theft within a two-year period. The most common type of identity theft, experienced by 6.2 million people during the two-year reporting period, was the unauthorized use of an existing credit card account. This report is based on data from the 2008 Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). From January to June of 2008, the NCVS-ITS collected data from persons who had experienced one or more attempted or successful incidents of identity theft during the two years preceding their interviews. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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16 or older 2-year period account fraud account information Total account Multiple types account Personal information aIncludes appendix table attempted or successful bank account bIncludes victims contacted a credit credit bureau Credit card Banking credit card fraud credit report day or less direct financial loss experienced at least experienced multiple types experienced some combination Federal Trade Commission fraudulent purposes greater percentage identity theft incident identity theft Total identity theft victims incident of identity information New account information to open least one attempted misuse of personal month to less Multiple types Total NCVS non-Hispanic number of victims orfewer sample percentage of persons percentage of victims persons age 16 reported the incident respondents severely distressing spent resolving problems STandard error Table successful identity theft Total Credit card Total identity theft type of identity type of theft victim impact victims of identity victims of violent victims who contacted victims who experienced victims who reported