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  NCJ Number: NCJ 219411     Find in a Library
  Title: Identity Theft, 2005
  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: 11/2007
  Page Count: 5
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on identity theft victimization and its consequences.
  Abstract: This report presents the first full year of data available after new questions about identity theft were added to the survey in July 2004. Identity theft is defined in the report as credit card thefts, thefts from existing accounts, misuse of personal information, and multiple types at the same time. Based on interviews with a nationally representative sample of 40,000 household residents, the report describes age, race, and ethnicity of the household head; household income and composition; and location of the household. 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: (1) about 1.6 million households experienced theft of existing accounts other than a credit card (such as a banking account), and 1.1 million households discovered misuse of personal information (such as social security number); (2) 10 percent of the households with incomes of $75,000 or higher experienced identity theft; that was about twice the percentage of households earning less than $50,000; and (3) across all types of identity theft, the average amount lost per household was $1,620. Tables and appendix
  Main Term(s): Theft offenses
  Index Term(s): Crime Statistics ; Fraud ; Credit fraud
  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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