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Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2011
11 pages
Lynn Langton
This brief presents data on identity theft victimization from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
This brief primarily focuses on changes in the nature of identity theft victimization and the characteristics of households with at least one member who was a victim from 2005 to 2010. Results indicate that in 2010, 7.0 percent of households in the United States, or about 8.6 million households, had at least one member age 12 or older who experienced one or more types of identity theft victimization. Annual estimates for 2008 are not included because only 6 months of household identity theft data were collected that year. The increase in identity theft victimization from 2005 to 2010 was largely attributable to an increase in the misuse or attempted misuse of existing credit card accounts. During this period, the percentage of households that experienced the misuse of an existing credit card account increased by about 50 percent, from 2.5 percent to 3.8 percent. The percentage of households that experienced the misuse of personal information to open a new account or for another fraudulent purpose declined by about 30 percent, from 0.9 percent in 2005 to 0.6 percent in 2010. Figures and tables

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