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NCJ Number: 231680 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Identity Theft, 2008
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Lynn Langton; Michael Planty, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: December 2010
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2222 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents findings from the 2008 Identity Theft supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
Abstract: The NCVS/ITS used interviews from a nationally representative sample of about 56,500 U.S. household residents to collect the first Bureau of Justice Statistics data on individual victims of identity theft. Identity theft is defined as the unauthorized use or attempted use of existing accounts, the unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account, and the misuse or attempted use of personal information for a fraudulent purpose. The report details the number and percentage of persons who reported at least one incident of identity theft over the past 2 years, the amount of direct and indirect financial loss due to identity theft, victim reporting to credit bureaus and law enforcement agencies, and the impact of identity theft on victims’ lives. Highlights include the following: An estimated 11.7 million persons, representing 5 percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, experienced at least one type of identity theft in a 2-year period; although the total financial cost of identity theft was nearly $17.3 billion over a 2-year period, less than a quarter (23 percent) of identity theft victims suffered an out-of-pocket financial loss from the victimization; about 42 percent of victims spent 1 day or less working to resolve the financial and credit problems associated with the identity theft; however, 3 percent continued to experience problems related to the theft more than 6 months after discovering it. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Crime costs; Identity Theft; Property crime victims; Victimization surveys
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