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Victims of Identity Theft, 2014

NCJ Number
248991
Author(s)
Erika Harrell
Date Published
September 2015
Length
26 pages
Annotation
This report presents data on victims of identity (ID) theft for 2014, based on findings from the National Crime Victim Survey, as reported in its Identity Theft Supplement (ITS).
Abstract
The report details the number, percentage, and demographic characteristics of victims who reported one or more incidents of ID theft during a 12-month period. Approximately 7 percent of persons ages 16 or older were victims of ID theft in 2014, similar to findings from the victimization survey in 2012. The majority of victims (86 percent) experienced the fraudulent use of existing account information, such as credit card or bank account information. The number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014. Approximately 14 percent of victims had out-of-pocket losses of $1 or more. Of these victims, about half had losses of less than $100. Half of the victims who resolved associated problems did so in a day or less. Among victims who experienced multiple types of ID theft with existing accounts and other fraud, 32 percent spent a month or more resolving problems. An estimated 36 percent of victims reported moderate or severe emotional distress as a result of their victimization. 44 tables and 8 figures