Identity Theft / Fraud Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Javelin Strategy & Research
Research Date: 7.8.2014
Identity theft is defined as the unauthorized use or attempted misuse of an existing credit card or other existing account, the misuse of personal information to open a new account or for another fraudulent purpose, or a combination of these types of misuse.

Identity Theft / Fraud Statistics Data
Average number of U.S. identity fraud victims annually 11,571,900
Percent of U.S. households that reported some type of identity fraud 7 %
Average financial loss per identity theft incident $4,930
Total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2013 $24,700,000,000
Total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2012 $21,000,000,000
Total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2010 $13,200,000,000
Percent of Reported Identity Thefts by Type of Fraud Percent Reported
Misuse of Existing Credit Card 64.1 %
Misuse of Other Existing Bank Account 35 %
Misuse of Personal Information 14.2 %
Head of Household Characteristic that Experienced Identity Theft Percent in Category
The following represents the demographic of the head of household for which the fraud was reported. The corresponding percent is the total percent that reported a fraud inside the specific category.
Age  
18 – 24 8.5 %
25 – 34 7.6 %
35 – 49 7.9 %
50 – 64 7.3 %
65 + 4.3 %
Race  
White 7.3 %
Black / African American 5.2 %
Hispanic 5.8 %
American Indian / Alaska Native 6.1 %
Asian / Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 8.5 %
Two or More Races 11.6 %
Marital Status  
Married 8 %
Not Married 6 %
Household Income  
- $7,500 5.3 %
$7,500 – $14,999 4.8 %
$15,000 – $24,999 4.6 %
$25,000 – $34,999 6.0 %
$35,000 – $49,999 6.6 %
$50,000 – $74,999 7.9 %
$75,000 + 12.3 %
Identity Fraud Rate Incidence Rate
2011 4.9 %
2010 4.35 %
2009 6 %
2008 5.44 %
2007 4.51 %
2006 4.71 %
2005 5.04 %
States with the highest identity theft complaint rate Victims Per 100,000
Arizona 149
California 139.1
Florida 133.3
Texas 130.3
Nevada 126.0
States with the lowest identity theft complaint rate Victims Per 100,000
South Dakota 33.8
North Dakota 35.7
Iowa 44.9
Montana 46.5
Wyoming 46.9
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