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Latest Identity Theft Statistics – Report on Consumer Complaints
Jackie here. The FTC recently released a report with some interesting identity theft statistics. Take a look at the latest stats in ID theft:
- Tax ID Theft Is the Most Commonly Reported Type– Tax or wage related id theft is the most commonly reported type of id theft, accounting for 46% of reported incidents. Credit card fraud follows at 16%.
- Missouri Leads the Nation in Reported ID Theft Incidences– Missouri led the nation last year with the highest per capita rate of reported identity theft. Connecticut and Florida follow.
- More than 490,000 ID Theft Complaints in 2015– Last year, more than 490,000 identity theft related complaints were made to the FTC. In many cases, identity theft isn’t reported or noticed until long after it occurs.
- ID Theft Can Occur at Any Age- ID theft is a common complaint at every age. Last year, complainants included 20,905 victims under the age of 19 and 26,305 victims over 70, along with hundreds of thousands of victims in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.
- ID Theft Is the Top Complaint Amongst Military Members- ID theft topped the list of FTC complaints for military members, on both enlisted members and officers. ID theft was the second most common complaint overall, just behind debt collection.
These stats highlight the growing problem of tax ID theft and remind us all to protect our personal information. If you’re interested in getting more information about identity theft, take a look at the full report for yourself.
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