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Victims of Identity Theft, 2016

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2019
28 pages
Erika Harrell
Publication Series
This report presents data on victims of identity theft in 2016, which were collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a survey to determine the number of crimes reported and not reported to police by persons age 12 or older in a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.
In 2016, 10 percent of persons age 16 or older were victims of identity theft during the prior 12 months. For 85 percent of identity-theft victims, the most recent offense involved the misuse or attempted misuse of only one type of existing account, such as a credit card or bank account. One percent of persons age 16 or older experienced the opening of a new account in their name or other misuse of personal information apart from misuse of an existing victim's account. An estimated 12 percent of identity-theft victims had out-of-pocket losses of $1.00 dollar or more; 88 percent either had no out-of-pocket losses or had losses of less than $1.00. Fifty-five percent of identity-theft victims who resolved associated financial or credit problems related to their victimization did so in 1 day or less. Approximately 10 percent of identity-theft victims reported they experienced severe emotional distress as a result of the crime. An estimated 7 percent of identity-theft victims reported the crime to police. For counties that were in the surveyed sample in both 2014 and 2016, the portion of the population that experienced identity theft increased from 7 percent in 2014 to 10 percent in 2016. 35 tables and 6 figures

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