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Bureau of Justice Statistics

This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents data on the prevalence and nature of identity theft against persons age 16 or older in 2016, including how victims discovered the crime; financial losses and other consequences; reporting the incident to credit card companies, credit bureaus and police; the level of distress experienced by victims; lifetime prevalence rates of identity theft; and preventive action taken to reduce the risk of identity theft.

Report highlights include that in 2016, 10 percent of persons age 16 or older had been victims of identity theft during the prior 12 months, and for 85 percent of identity-theft victims, the most recent incident involved the misuse or attempted misuse of only one type of existing account, such as a credit card or bank account.

To access the report, go here.

 

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