Fraud Facts

  • ID fraud in the US totaled $37 billion in 2010
  • There were 8.1 million US victims of ID fraud in 2010
  • The mean fraud amount per victim is $4,607
  • Since 2005, over 350 million personal data elements were exposed in the US alone

Source: Javelin Strategy & Research Report 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report

Some tips to avoid identity fraud:

  • Shred any receipts, statements, or other sensitive documents that contain personal information.
  • Only give out your social security number if absolutely necessary. Ask if you can use alternate identifiers.
  • Protect yourself online by using an internet security program and firewall.
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home.
  • Use complex passwords and change them periodically on your financial and online accounts.

Source: Federal Trade Commission