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Identity Theft Statistics

A report released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in February of 2009 showed that the number of Sentinel complaints for ID Theft and Fraud reached 721,418.

The Sentinel is an international fraud-fighting program used by law enforcement all over the world to research, report and combat fraud.

2009 Consumer Sentinel Report, Page 7 lists Consumer Complaint Categories

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Identity Theft Victims by State

(Per 100,000 Population)

 

Less Than 60

60 - 80

More Than 80

 
 

Texas ID Theft Statistics:

How Victims' Information is Misused

Identity Theft Complaints by Victim Age

Number of Victims in Large Metropolitan Areas

Number of Months Between Date of Identity Theft First Occurred and Date First Discovered by Victim

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.  Note that 18% of identity theft complaints from Texas victims and from victims in all locations include more than one type of identity theft.

 

 

Top Identity Theft Cities in Texas

City

No. of victims

1. Dallas-Ft Worth

20,683
2. Houston 12,989

3. Austin

6,462

4. San Antonio

2,762

How ID Theft Victims' Information isMisused

   

Credit Card Fraud

Phone or Utilities Fraud

Bank Fraud

Employment - Related Fraud

Government Documents or Benefits Fraud

Loan Fraud

Other Identity Theft

 

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas Percentages in all other states

New Accounts

Existing Accounts

Unspecified

Total

12.3%

7.8%

0.1%

20%

15.2%

10.7%

0.2%

25%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas Percentages in all other states

Wireless - New Accounts

Utilities - New Accounts

Telephone - New Accounts

Unauthorized Charges

Unspecified

Total

6.7%

5.8%

3.6%

0.5%

0.4%

15%

7.2%

5.8%

4.4%

0.7%

0.5%

16%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas Percentages in all other states

Electronic Fund Transfer

Existing Accounts

New Accounts

Unspecified

Total

6.8%

9.4%

3.0%

0.1%

18%

8%

5.8%

3.1%

0.1%

16%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas Percentages in all other states

Employment Related Fraud

25%

14%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas

Percentages in all other states

Fraudulent Tax Return Filed

Driver's License Issued/Forged

Gov. Benefits Applied For/Received

Other Gov. Documents Issued/Forged

Unspecified

Total

5.9%

1.7%

1.2%

0.7%

<0.1%

9%

6.2%

1.4%

1.3%

0.9%

<0.9%

10%%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas

Percentages in all other states

Business/Personal/Student Loan

Auto Loan/ Lease

Real Estate Loan

Unspecified

Total

2.4%

1.8%

1.3%

0.2%

5%

2.5%

1.7%

1.3%

0.2%

5%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas

Percentages in all other states

Uncertain

Miscellanueous

Internet/ Email

Evading the Law

Medical

Apartment or House Rented

Insurance

Property Rental Fraud

Securities/Other Investments

Child Support

Bankruptcy

Magazines

Total

10.6%

3.4%

1.4%

2.4%

1.9%

1.2%

0.4%

0.3%

0.1%

0.3%

0.2%

0.1%

22%

12%

4.6%

2.2%

2.1%

1.9%

0.9%

0.4%

0.3%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

24%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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Attempted Identity Theft

Theft Subtype Percentages in Texas

Percentages in all other states

Attempted Identity Theft

5%

6%

Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse for the 2008 calendar year: 31,708 from Texas victims and 313,982 from victims in all locations.

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ID Theft Complaints by  Victim Age

Underage Victim  - 3% of Identity Theft Victims in Texas were under the age of 18.  In all other states, underage victims made up 5% of Identity Theft complaints.

Victims ages 18-29 - In Texas, 34% of victims were between the ages of 18-29.  This age group also exhibited the highest levels of reported complaints in all other states, with up to 29% of overall complaints.

Victims ages 30-39 - 25% of Texas victims were between the ages of 30-39 with complaints in all other states reaching 23% for the same age group.

Victims ages 40-49 - 18% of reported complaints in Texas came from adults between the ages of 40-49.  In all other states, this age group accounted for 20% of identity theft complaints.

Victims ages 50-59 - 11% of Identity Theft complaints were reported by adults between the ages of 50-59 in Texas and 13% were reported by the same age group in all other states.

Victims ages 60-64 - Only 3% of Texas victims were between the ages of 60-64.  In all other states, the same age group reported 4% off all Identity Theft complaints.

Victims 65 and Over - Although popular belief is that older Americans are most often victimized, only 5% of overall Identity Theft complaints were from adults 65 and over.  Across the country, that age group only reported 6% of overall complaints. 

 

 

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Number of Victims in Large Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area Complaints
Dallas-Forth Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area 9,281
Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area 7,382
San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,762

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area

2,259

Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area

1,849

Brownsville-Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area

873

Laredo Metropolitan Statistical Area 633

Federal Trade Commission  

Released February 2009  

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Number of Months Between Date ID Theft First Ocurred and Date First Discovered by Victim

45 % of victims discovered they were victims of Identity Theft less than 1 month from the date Identity Theft first occured.

17% realized they had been victimized 1 to 6 months from the date their Identity was first tampered with.

It took 7% of victims 7 to 12 months to discover the crime.

9% of vctims discovered the theft 13 to 24 months after it first occurred.

11% of victims took 25 to 48 months to realize their identity had been tampered with.

3% of victims discovered their identities were stolen 49 to 60 months after the first occurance of the crime.

It took 9% of victims over 60 months to discover the identity theft crime.  

Percentages are based on the total number of Identity Theft complaints where victims provided the dates on which the identity theft first occurred and they first discovered it (123,064).  52% of the victims who contacted the FTC directly reported this information.  Because some victims experienced multiple instances where their information had been misused, these figures do not track the amount of time it took a victim to discover a particular instance of identity theft, but, rather, the amount of time between the initial misuse of the victim's information and when the victim first discovered that their information had been misused.   

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US ID Theft Statistics                                 

Identity Theft Victims by State (Per 100,000 Population)

Sentinel Complaints by Calendar Year

Sentinel Top Complaint Categories

Total Identity Theft Records by Calendar Year

How Victims Information is Misused

Identity Theft Complaints by Victim Age

Largest Metropolitan Areas Rankings

 
   

Identity Theft Victims by State (Per 100,000 Population)

 

 

Less Than 60

 60 - 80

More Than 80

 

Per 100,000 unit of population. Estimates are based on the 2006 U.S.. Census population estimates. Numbers for the District of Columbia are 765 victims and 131.5 victims per 100,000 population.

Federal Trade Commission  

Released February 7, 2009  

 

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