Identity Theft Statistics

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Current Identity Theft Statistics

Id theft (ID theft or identity fraud) is the deliberate appropriation of an individual’s private information to impersonate that person inside a legal sense. Taking someone’s identity enables the thief to create a frightening number of monetary and personal transactions in someone else’s name, departing the victim accountable for what might turn out to be a mind-boggling turmoil in his or her life. The Federal Trade Commission (Federal trade commission) keeps records on identity theft, and, and in addition, the number of incidents documented increase each year. The current identity theft statistics reveal that ID theft affects as much as ten million People in america each year! According to FTC’s id theft statistics, the deficits to businesses and financial institutions total almost 53 billion money annually.

These identity theft statistics further demonstrate that the most common types of Identification thefts are credit card frauds, communications services scams (such as opening a cell phone or a power services account using someone else’s information), financial institution fraud and loan scams. For years, the primary reason behind identity theft has been good old-fashioned or low-tech analog offense. Impersonators rummaging though letterboxes, snatching purses or perhaps searching the trash for discarded bank statements or credit card invoices. Rapid advances in technology have seen the plague of advanced phishing attacks. Identity theft figures expose phishing as the biggest of all ID thefts that uses both interpersonal engineering and complex subterfuge.

Phishing can have serious financial consequences. In a phishing strike, the victim is sent an email that \”appears\” being from a bank or other financial institution. The sufferer is then told to click a link and also verify his/her account information or even supply personal identification data. The link is apparently a legitimate site, however is in fact a scam. The minute he/she enters sensitive data, the identity crook gains access to account information and can empty the bank account. Phishers can also take out there credit cards in the individuals name, steal Web service provider account information and perform other financial damage. In its latest report on identity theft statistics, the investigation group Gartner says that close to 60 zillion Americans reported receiving a phishing email, and 1.7 thousand people have been victims of identity fraud, which cost banks and credit card companies $1.2 thousand in losses.

Comments: 18

  1. Kasha February 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I am a bussiness major and am taking a computer class and just realized I have an assignment due by tomorrow, I need to write a short essay about computer crimes/ identity theft from information that I can find on-line. Anyone know any good sites to get some good statistics or stories?

  2. Curt May 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Before anyone has a go — there is a difference between White Nationalism and White Supremacy. WN is the belief that indigenous white nations should remain either purely white or mostly white, WS is the belief that white races are superior to other races like Hitler. True WNs believe that all races are equal under the eyes of God/Nature, but are different, so should be separate.

    Under a society which is primarily – or all – white and more importantly monocultural, we would have much lower rates of crime, much better social cohesion, little or no religious conflict, more jobs, a more efficient benefits system, a better NHS, a stronger national identity and a lower population, and very selective immigration.

    People think that race is just a “skin colour” but it’s not — your race is your entire culture, heritage, genetic stock and your identity. It’s been proven that people tend to drift towards people of their own race — you see this in high schools, colleges and work-places. White people band together and form their own clique, black people band together with other black people and form their own clique, Pakistani people band together with other Pakistani people clique together, and so on. why is it “racist” to admit this? or to admit that this applies at the national level as well?

    The Indians, Jewish, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and African nations all believe in the nationalism of their race and wish to remain as monoracial and monocultural as possible — and they’re celebrated by the Left. But why aren’t white people afforded the right to be proud of their race and heritage?
    Dr. Redthumb —

    what a boring, knee-jerk response.
    did you actually read the question?
    the UK has a crime rate which is five times higher than the USA, that includes violent crime and sex offences.

    and that is just from the figures which are massaged by the government. a lot of crime goes unreported and unrecorded by the police. a lot of it comes from ethnic minorities and fresh immigrants — more than the authorities are prepared to admit.

    a classic example is the Muslim Rochdale/Liverpool/etc pedo gangs.

  3. Eldora June 18, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

    Since I was very young I have had an exceptional memory for numbers. I find it quite effortless to remember several if not all of the phone numbers of homes, business, friends and family over the years. I can easily remember credit card numbers expiration date as well as long account numbers. Also license plate numbers and drivers license numbers. You name it if I glance at it I can remember it. What kind of career (with the exception of identity theft) could I possible do well at?

  4. Rosy June 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I’m changing my last name to my dads, and I don’t know what paperwork I need and dont know how to go about doing it. I need any help that I can get. I’m 16 and my parents have said it’s okay, so where do I go from here?

  5. Lesley December 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Ok, so I know that over 200,000 complaints are filed with the FBI for Internet crime each year, and that almost 50% of the complaints are fraud allegations.

    What I need to know is the percentage of total fraud complaints that come from the Internet vs. other means, like door-to-door salesmen, phone scams ect. Can you help???

  6. Virgina December 13, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    I am writing an article on this subject. I need as many varied reasons as possible to make it plausible.

    Thanks for your help.
    Please keep it as short possible please.

  7. Camelia December 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

    How many crimes would be prevented if those who shouldn’t be in this country had their immigration status checked in encounters with police, and those found to be illegal were sent home?

  8. George January 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm Reply

    New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected nearly $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations, announced Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

    In August, illegals collected over $19 million in welfare assistance and over $17 million in monthly food stamp allocations, for a projected annual cost of $432 million. Nearly twenty five percent of all welfare and food stamps benefits is going directly to the children of illegal aliens.

    “Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich. “Annually, the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $432 million in welfare allocations. This does not include millions of dollars for education.”
    http://www.hometownstation.com/local-news/la-county-welfare-2008-09-26-03-26-2.html

  9. Ara February 2, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

    i dont think facebook is sae

  10. Duncan February 2, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

    I was adopted when I was 3 days old, and need to find out where I can get mine, and my biological mothers birth certificate for free on the internet. I was recently laid off my job and have very little money coming in. I am a Native American Female Indian. Quanah Parker last comanche Chief was my Great, Great Uncle. I need the Birth Certificates to do my genealog

  11. Alonzo February 21, 2014 at 2:10 am Reply

    Like the fact that African immigrants are the most educated
    group of people in America. Out of your ignorance and sense of superiority you may shake your head in disbelief but it is very true.

    The following link is a TABLE by the U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
    that shows that 42.8 PERCENT of African IMMIGRANTS have a BACHELOR’S DEGREE or HIGHER:

    http://www.census.gov/population/cen2000/stp-159/STP-159-africa.pdf

    This University, Bowling Green State University has also done a study on this fact: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/mc/news/2008/news48744.html

    Here is a quote:

    BOWLING GREEN, O.— “African immigrants in the United States are generally more educated and earn higher salaries
    than immigrants from elsewhere. The African immigrants’ success, however, depends on what country they come from,
    according to a Bowling Green State University study.

    His study shows that, overall, African immigrants perform better than the rest of the U.S. population in education and employment.”

    Yet the only statistics people WANT to know about blacks are the ones that make black people seem violent and inept. THESE statistics annoy them.
    Marissa: Nasty African tribesman?

    Lol. They are no nastier than you.

    Your mind it polluted.

    They are out there going to school,
    getting educated, earning their way
    and not sitting on their behind like
    your ignorant self and typing B.S.
    To Marissa: Your mind *IS* polluted : ]

    That’s a correction to my last entry.
    Patricia: Thanks for the concern, but
    I actually have VERY high self esteem.

    Some might call it conceit. LOL.

    But, no i have no qualms darling.

    THANKS. LOL!

  12. Zulma February 22, 2014 at 5:42 am Reply

    Within the last year we started getting collection letters with someone elses name, our address, and my husband’s ssn. I call the collection co. and told them of the mistake and I wrote a letter. We filed a police report. The collection co sent another letter, and when I called again and asked for the origination of the loan, they refused to give it to me. The agency told me to send them a copy of his driver’s license and a copy of his social security card. This sounded like a bad idea to me so we didn’t. Another trip to the poice dept. Flags on credit reports. Now, several months later we have gotten a letter from the US dept of education telling us that they are going to offset his wages and/or federal return unless we pay in full. I called the number. They said we needed to send a copy of DL, SS card and birth certificate. Doesn’t this seem strange? Btw, the loan was originated 30 years ago. My husband was 7. Should we get an attorney? Should we send the info? Real help, please.

  13. Keith February 22, 2014 at 5:43 am Reply

    For my 11th grade research paper I am trying to come up with an arugumentive thesis. I personally think that having illegal aliens come into the U.S. has negative impacts. It leads to crime, affects health care, jobs, income, ext. But I need more specific information on why illegal immigration is a bad thing. Can someone please give me some ideas?

    What three major topics can I argue about that will provide me with a lot of information that I can expand on? Thanks in advance!!

  14. Marian February 22, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

    This is the site i need to cite http://www.spendonlife.com/guide/2009-identity-theft-statistics i cant find the author and MLA is not my strongest area. Please help me, i only have about 30 minutes before class starts

  15. Giselle February 22, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

    Hi I was wondering who the FTC is and how I can contact them?

  16. Phung February 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Can anyone give me a good researchable topic on information technology? Something that I can arrive a problem statement, sample size, and do statistics etc. from?

  17. Willetta March 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Apparently as part of some privacy act from the Feds, records kept in County Clerks offices will soon become unattainable. Especially those less than 100 years old and possibly as early as 50 years old. As a response to the new law many court houses across the nation are completely closing their records access to everyone, including genealogists. Preston County in WV has already closed their doors and Upshur County they confirmed the information and suggest that all courthouses will soon be closing to research.

    Is there anything we can do to stop this?

  18. Morgan June 3, 2014 at 10:14 am Reply

    hellow everyone i was just so frustrated because an identity theive somehow got hold of my driver licence number and SSN and find their way to open a loan for 7000 under my informations, so i want to know how easy it is to catch a thief like that ? and will the law stop prosecute him if they cannot locate anything ?
    and will that bank erase that loan which i did not open and remove my name of credit reporters ?
    please help me find an answer thanks every1.
    but after i call police do reports and all that stuff, Do they start an investigation ?
    will they ever give up on ID theft cases ?
    How easy will that thief be to get caught ?

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