• 10 million Americans will be a victim of identity theft this year.
  • 26 Times More Likely To Be A Victim Of ID Theft Than A Violent Crime
  • 1,826 Times More Likely Than To Be Murdered
  • 21 Times More Likely Than To Have Your Home Burglarized
  • 2 Times More Likely Than Being In an Auto Accident
  • 13 Times More Likely Than Being Divorced
  • 19 percent of consumers report that financial information, including a bank or credit card number, has been misused.
  • 14 percent say they’ve had personal information such as a Social Security number or birth certificate taken.
  • Identity theft prime targets are college graduates, those with annual household income of $75,000 or more, people residing in the West, and Americans between the age of 30 and 49.
  • Identity theft hits 1 in 4 U.S. households
  • Loss to businesses in the U.S. exceeds $50 billion annually due to identity theft
  • On average, identity theft victims spend 175 hours of their personal time and $800 to clear their names
  • On average it takes victims 14-16 months to clear their name
  • One in six Americans (17 percent) say they’ve had financial information stolen (bank or credit card number)
  • Three in four consumers (75 percent) agree that they would take more steps to avoid being a victim of identity theft if they knew what to do.
  • Four in ten consumers (43 percent) think it is unlikely they will be victims of identity theft.
  • One in three consumer (33 percent) think there is nothing they can really do to prevent identity theft.

Source: Federal Trade Commission, The Gallop Organization poll, Consumer Sentinel and Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse