Erika Harrell, Ph.D., BJS Statistician
April 1, 2021 NCJ 256085
This report describes the number of persons age 16 or older
who experienced identity theft in 2018. It details the type of identity
theft, how personal information was obtained, whether victims reported
it to credit bureaus or police, the extent of financial losses, other
negative outcomes for victims, and the lifetime prevalence of identity
theft. The report uses data from the 2018 Identity Theft Supplement to
the National Crime Victimization Survey.
- In 2018, about 9% of persons age 16 or older had been victims of identity theft during the prior 12 months.
- For 90% of identity-theft victims, the most recent incident
involved only the misuse or attempted misuse of at least one type of
existing account, such as a credit card or bank account.
- Monetary losses across all incidents of identity theft totaled $15.1 billion in 2018.
- Among victims who resolved the financial and credit problems
associated with their identity theft, more than half (55%) did so in 1
day or less.
Part of the Identity Theft Series Summary
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