The Demographics of ID Theft

by Erin on November 29th, 1999 in Industry and Security News.

Think identity theft can't happen to you? If you're a woman, your odds of being an identity theft victim may be higher just by virtue of being female.

According to statistics from a new study, women are 26% more likely than men to be fraud victims. Reuters reports a few other interesting bits of data from the Javelin Research fraud study, which was released at the start of the week:

  • ID theft is becoming more widespread; in 2008, nearly 10 million American victims lost $48 billion
  • The fraud rate was found to be highest among people 35 to 44 years of age
  • Those with salaries over $75,000 were more likely to be fraud victims than those who earned less

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