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Financial Fraud in the United States, 2017

NCJ Number
255817
Date Published
April 2021
Length
18 pages
Author(s)
Rachel E. Morgan
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics
Annotation

This report details the prevalence of seven types of personal financial fraud victimization and the patterns of reporting fraud to police and other authorities. 

Abstract

This report details the prevalence of seven types of personal financial fraud victimization and the patterns of reporting fraud to police and other authorities. This report also contains the characteristics of personal financial fraud victims and describes the consequences resulting from fraud incidents.

Highlights of this report include, that in 2017:

  • About 3.0 million (1.25%) persons age 18 or older were victims of financial fraud.
  • About 2.0 million persons (0.81%) age 18 or older reported experiencing consumer products and services fraud.
  • About 1.7 million females experienced financial fraud, compared to 1.4 million males.
  • About 14% of financial fraud victims reported the incident to police.
Date Created: April 15, 2021