See the Fraud Special Feature for information and resources from Office of Justice Programs and other federal sources.
“Breakthroughs in technology and the globalization of commerce have provided today’s con artists a new arsenal of weapons to defraud consumers. Personal data, such as social security numbers or bank account and credit card numbers, can be used by criminals to personally profit at a victim’s expense or even commit a crime under the victim’s name.
It’s been estimated that 17.6 million Americans, or seven percent of the population age 16 or older, are victims of identity theft annually. Among these victims, existing bank or credit card accounts are the most common types of misused information.”