Identity Fraud Statistics

Concerns About Cyber Security

78M Americans are concerned
about cyber security
30M Are doing something
about it
40M Are doing nothing
about it
12.7M Americans were affected
by identity fraud

Identity Fraud Report

14.5M US adult victims
of ID fraud
30% of US adults
$2B Consummer loss
from identity theft
$320 Mean fraud amount
per victim

Method of initial contact by identity thieves

  • 40% Telephone
  • 30% Email
  • 5% Mail
  • 25% Other
  • 55% of Americans
    thinks it’s likely that
    their PII is in the
    "Hands of Criminals"
  • 37% of Americans
    believe they have been
    a victim of fraud as a result
    of a cybercrime incident
  • Only 42% Americans
    believe government
    is effective or very effective
    at protecting their PII
  • 63% of Americans
    are concerned that
    their identity could be used
    by someone to commit fraud
  • 12,449 Total Breaches in 2018
  • 1,037 Every Month
  • 34 Every Day
3.6 Billion Exposed Identity
Records in 2018
by 4IQ

Identity Theft Reports by Age

19 and
Under
14,211
20 - 29
110,769
30 - 39
170,255
40 - 49
122,752
50 - 59
77,350
60 - 69
44,679
70 - 79
17,161
80 and
Over
5,687
by FTC

Identity Theft Types by Age

Theft Type 19 and Under 20 - 29 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 69 70 - 79 80 and Over
Bank Fraud 1,752 10,523 12,952 10,790 9,256 6,985 3,000 1,107
Credit Card Fraud 1,680 43,440 74,572 55,672 34,394 19,269 6,990 1,991
Employment or Tax-Related Fraud 7,072 9,897 10,298 6,744 5,094 3,265 1,221 567
Government Documents or Benefits Fraud 1,054 3,362 4,710 3,948 3,358 2,860 1,803 957
Loan or Lease Fraud 920 20,217 33,868 23,156 11,320 4,475 1,162 272
Other Identity Theft 2,348 34,303 56,068 39,086 21,613 10,569 3,704 1,160
Phone or Utilities Fraud 997 18,594 25,755 15,929 9,654 5,343 1,998 518
by FTC

Identity Theft Reports by Type

32.3% Credit Card Fraud

  • New Accounts
  • Existing Accounts

11% Phone & Utilities Fraud

  • Landline Telephone - Existing Accounts
  • Landline Telephone - New Accounts
  • Mobile Telephone - Existing Accounts
  • Mobile Telephone - New Accounts
  • Utilities - Existing Accounts
  • Utilities - New Accounts

7.3% Bank Fraud

  • Debit Cards, Electronic Funds Transfer, or ACH
  • Existing Accounts
  • New Accounts

5.5% Employment or
Tax-related Fraud

  • Employment or Wage-Related Fraud
  • Tax Fraud

14.4% Loan or Lease Fraud

  • Apartment or House Rented
  • Auto Loan / Lease
  • Business / Professional Loan
  • Federal Student Loan
  • Non-Federal Student Loan
  • Real Estate Loan

3% Government Documents
or Benefits Fraud

  • Driver’s License Issued / Forged
  • Government Benefits Applied For / Received
  • Other Government Documents Issued / Forged
  • Passport Issued / Forged

26.5% Other Identity Theft

  • Email or Social Media
  • Evading the Law
  • Insurance
  • Medical Services
  • Online Shopping or Payment Account
  • Other
  • Securities Accounts

Top 3 Identity Theft
Report Types by Year

2015
74,902
17,987
46,801
2016
124,514
24,506
49,281
2017
133,096
30,088
55,138
2018
157,715
51,926
63,651
2019
271,823
104,699
83,535
Theft Type:
Credit Card Fraud
Loan or Lease Fraud
Phone Utilities Fraud
by FTC

Top 5 Countries affected based
on number of Compromised Records

32% USA
32% USA
15% China
15% China
6.7% India
6.7% India
4.3% UK
4.3% UK
3.5% Russia
3.5% Russia
by 4IQ

Password Habits

61%
of consumers
reuse the same password
on multiple websites
76%
of 18-24 year-old consumers
use the same password on
multiple websites
54%
of consumers have only
five passwords
or less
44%
of consumers
change their password
only once a year or less
89%
of consumers feel secure
with their current password
management and use habits
21%
of consumers have had
an online account
compromised

Most Used Passwords

  • 1 123456 9,218,720
  • 2 123456789 3,103,503
  • 3 qwerty 1,651,385
  • 4 password 1,313,464
  • 5 111111 1,273,179
  • 6 12345678 1,126,222
  • 7 abc123 1,085,144
  • 8 1234567 969,909
  • 9 password1 952,446
  • 10 1234567890 879,924
  • 11 123123 866,640
  • 12 12345 834,468
  • 13 homelesspa 621,078
  • 14 iloveyou 564,344
  • 15 1q2w3e4r5t 527,178
  • 16 qwertyuiop 470,562
  • 17 1234 468,554
  • 18 123456a 417,878
  • 19 123321 398,114
  • 20 654321 371,627