The identity theft statistics are scary. While you could turn stick your head in the sand and cross your fingers that id theft and fraud don’t happen to you or your loved ones, it makes much better sense to empower yourself by being aware.
The Protect Your Bubble team has put together the following free infographic illustrating who is most at risk. Please share! If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to check out our ID Theft Protection services. Now, on to the statistics.
Who is most at risk for ID Theft?
- Children – children are being targeted 35 times more often than adults.
- People with social media profiles – due to the personal information they put on their profiles.
- Smartphone Owners – 7% of smartphone owners were victims of ID fraud. This is 1/3 higher incident rate compared to the general public.
- Deceased people – Nearly 12 million people are affected by identity fraud each year and nearly 3 million of those identities are that of deceased people (yes, dead!). Seems like no one is safe from identity fraud.
- College students – More often college students have good, clean credit scores, making them an ideal target.
- Victims of data breaches – victims of data breaches are 9.5 times more likely to be a victim of id fraud.
- Higher income individuals – Those with higher incomes are more likely to be victimized: 7.7% for households with incomes of $150,000 or more.
Did you know?
- In 2011, identity fraud increased by 13%.
- The movie, Identity Thief, generated more than $36.5 million dollars opening weekend.
- In the US more than 11.6 million adults became victims of identity theft.
- 62% of smartphone owners do not use a password on their home screen
- 32% of smartphone owners save log-in information on their device.
- Compared to 2010 there was a 67% increase in data breaches. The three most common items exposed during a data breach are:
- Credit card number
- Debit card number
- Social Security number
Here are some eye-opening identity theft statistics:
- Every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen.
- 4 x higher- Victims who found out about their identity theft more than six months after it happened incurred costs four times higher than the average
- 165 hours—the average amount of time victims spent repairing the damage done by creation of new fraudulent accounts
- 58 hours—the average amount of time victims spent repairing the damage done to existing accounts
- 43%—the percentage of identity theft occurring from stolen wallets, check-books, credit cards, billing statements, or other physical documents
Identity Theft Statistics – An infographic by the team at Protect your bubble