The 2013 Identity Fraud Report, released by Javelin Strategy & Research found an increase in identity fraud incidents, 1 incident of identity fraud every 3 second, affecting one million consumers during 2012. The amount stolen increased to $21 billion, a three-year high since 2010. The report highlighted that 1 in 4 data breach notification recipients became a victim of identity fraud, which is the highest rate since 2010.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person's personal information such as name, Social Security number, driver's license number, credit card number or other identifying information to take on that person's identity in order to commit fraud or other crimes.
Want to know what steps you can take to guard against theft of your identity? See Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.
Got Suspicion or Notice of Data Breach?
Did you receive a Data Breach Notice or do you suspect that your personal information has been exposed? Wondering what to do? See Dealing with Suspicion or Notice of Data Breach.
My Identity Was Stolen
Do you have evidence that someone used your identity without your permission? See What to Do If Your Identity Was Stolen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Need answers to other common identity theft questions? See our FAQ.