Identity Theft / Fraud Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Javelin Strategy & Research
Research Date: April 8th, 2015

Questions: What is the total number of identity thefts in the U.S. each year? What percent of people have their identity stolen each year? What is the most common cause of identity theft? Total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2014?

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Identity Theft / Fraud StatisticsData
Average number of U.S. identity fraud victims annually12,157,400
Percent of U.S. households that reported some type of identity fraud7.5 %
Average financial loss per identity theft incident$5,130
Total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2014$26,350,000,000
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 FraudPercent Reported
Misuse of Existing Credit Card 64.1 %
Misuse of Other Existing Bank Account35 %
Misuse of Personal Information14.2 %
Head of Household Characteristic that Experienced Identity TheftPercent 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 – 248.5 %
25 – 347.6 %
35 – 497.9 %
50 – 647.3 %
65 +4.3 %
Race 
White7.3 %
Black / African American5.2 %
Hispanic5.8 %
American Indian / Alaska Native6.1 %
Asian / Hawaiian / Pacific Islander8.5 %
Two or More Races11.6 %
Marital Status 
Married8 %
Not Married6 %
Household Income 
– $7,5005.3 %
$7,500 – $14,9994.8 %
$15,000 – $24,9994.6 %
$25,000 – $34,9996.0 %
$35,000 – $49,9996.6 %
$50,000 – $74,9997.9 %
$75,000 +12.3 %
Identity Fraud RateIncidence Rate
20114.9 %
20104.35 %
20096 %
20085.44 %
20074.51 %
20064.71 %
20055.04 %
States with the highest identity theft complaint rateVictims Per 100,000
Arizona149
California139.1
Florida133.3
Texas130.3
Nevada126.0
States with the lowest identity theft complaint rateVictims Per 100,000
South Dakota33.8
North Dakota35.7
Iowa44.9
Montana46.5
Wyoming46.9

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.

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