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Identity Theft Protection

Identity Theft Statistics

2012 JAVELIN STRATEGY & RESEARCH REPORT SURVEY RESULTS:

11.6 million people became a victim of identity theft in the United States in 2011 which is in increase of 13% over 2010.

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS

  • Identity fraud incidents increased and the amount stolen remained steady.
  • Social behaviors put consumers at risk. Social media and mobile phone behaviors have created a high incidence of fraud. LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook users had the highest incidence of fraud due to consumers sharing a significant amount of personal information frequently used to authenticate a consumer’s identity.
  • Smartphone owners experience greater incidence of fraud. 7% of smartphone owners were victims of identity fraud. This is a 1/3rd higher incidence rate compared to the general public.
  • Data Breaches are increasing and are more damaging. There was a 67% increase in the number of Americans impacted by data breaches compared to 2010. Victims of a data breach are 9.5 times more likely to be a victim of identity fraud than consumers who did not receive a data breach letter.

Three most common items exposed during a data breach:

  • Credit card number
  • Debit card number
  • Social Security Number

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
ID THEFT STATISTICS FOR 2011

Identity Theft Categories:

  • 27% – Government documents benefits fraud
  • 14% – Credit card fraud
  • 13% – Phone or utilities fraud
  • 9% – Bank fraud
  • 8% – Employment fraud
  • 3% – Loan fraud

Click here for the full 2011 FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Fraud Report.

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