Carnegie Mellon University

Identity Theft

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.

Protecting Yourself

Want to know what steps you can take to guard against theft of your identity?  See Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.

Data Breach Notification?

The FTC has detailed instructions for how you can protect yourself.

Do you have evidence of Identity Theft?

The FTC can help you create a personalized plan for addressing the theft.