Identity Theft Stats

  • Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the past twelve years in a row. **
  • Of more than 1.8 million complaints filed with the FTC in 2011, 15 percent were related to identity theft.
  • In 2011, identity fraud increased by 13 percent. ***
  • 68 percent of people with public social media profiles shared their birthday information (with 45 percent sharing month, date and year); 63 percent shared their high school name; 18 percent shared their phone number; and 12 percent shared their pet's name-all are prime examples of personal information a company would use to verify your identity. ***
  • Seven percent of Smartphone owners were victims of identity fraud. This incidence rate is one-third higher than that of the general public. ***
  • 32 percent of Smartphone owners do not update to a new operating system when it becomes available; 62 percent do not use a password on their home screen, thus allowing easy access to information if the phone is lost; 32 percent save login information on their mobile device. ***
  • Young adults, aged 18-24, took the longest to detect identity theft - 132 days on average - when compared to other age groups. Subsequently, the average cost ($1,156) was roughly five times more than the amount lost by other age groups. *
  • Children may be 51 times more likely than adults to have their identity stolen. ****


Javelin Strategy and Research*
Federal Trade Commission**
Identity Theft Resource Center***
All Clear ID Carnegie Mellon Report****

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