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  NCJ Number: NCJ 212213     Find in a Library
  Title: Identity Theft, 2004
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Katrina Baum Ph,D.
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2006
  Page Count: 8
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report presents data on identity theft victimization and its consequences from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  Abstract: This is the first report from new questions about identity theft added to the survey in July 2004 and encompasses credit card thefts, thefts from existing accounts, misuse of personal information, and multiple types at the same time. The report, based on interviews with 40,000 household residents drawn to be nationally representative, describes age, race, and ethnicity of the household head; household income; and location of the household (urbanicity). Characteristics of the theft presented include economic loss, how the theft was discovered, whether misuse is ongoing, and problems experienced as a result of the identity theft. Highlights include the following: Households headed by persons age 18-24 and those in the highest income bracket ($75,000 or more) were the most likely to experience identity theft; 3 in 10 households experiencing any type of identity theft discovered it by missing money or noticing unfamiliar charges on an account; almost 1 in 4 were contacted by a credit bureau; about two-thirds of households experiencing identity theft reported some type of a monetary loss as a result of theft.
  Main Term(s): Offense statistics
  Index Term(s): Crime detection ; Crime costs ; Victimization ; Victimization surveys ; Victim profiles ; Victimization risk ; Identity Theft
  Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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