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For the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the definition of identity theft includes three general types of incidents:

  • unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account
  • unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account
  • misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose.

Reports examining identity theft victimization at the person level use data from an identity theft supplement to the NCVS. The supplement collects data from all NCVS respondent age 16 or older about experiences with identity theft. Reports examining identity theft victimization at the household level use data from the core NCVS, in which the head of the household reports on the experiences with identity theft of all household members age 12 or older.

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Victims of Identity Theft, 2012 16.6 MILLION PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IDENTITY THEFT IN 2012
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Victims of Identity Theft, 2012 Presents findings on the prevalence and nature of identity theft from the 2012 Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
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Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010 Presents data on the nature of and trends in identity theft victimization among U.S. households from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010 IDENTITY THEFT REPORTED BY HOUSEHOLDS ROSE 33 PERCENT FROM 2005 TO 2010
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Victims of Identity Theft, 2008 Presents findings from the 2008 Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  Press Release
Part of the Identity Theft Series

Victims of Identity Theft, 2008 Presents findings from the 2008 Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  Press Release | PDF (665K) | ASCII file (31K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 28K)
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Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2007 - Statistical Tables Presents data on identity theft victimization reported by households from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  PDF (210K) | ASCII file (8K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 10K)
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Identity Theft, 2005 Presents data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) on identity theft victimization and its consequences.
  PDF (205K) | ASCII file (22K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 9K) | To order paper version
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Identity Theft, 2004 Presents data on identity theft victimization and its consequences from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
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Part of the Identity Theft Series

Terms & Definitions

Identity theft Includes one or more of three types of incidents: (1) unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account, (2) unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account, (3) misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose. Person level identity theft is captured in the Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Household level identity theft is captured by the main NCVS.