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The Notable Decline of Identity Fraud 130

Orome1 writes "In 2010 the number of identity fraud victims decreased by 28 percent to 8.1 million adults in the United States, three million fewer victims than the prior year. Total annual fraud decreased from $56 billion to $37 billion, the smallest amount in the eight years of the study. While overall fraud declined, consumer out-of-pocket costs rose significantly, mainly due to the types of fraud that were successfully perpetrated and an increase in "friendly fraud." The number of identity fraud incidents decreased by 28 percent over the past year, which brought them down to levels not seen since 2007. The mean fraud amount per victim declined from $4,991 in 2009 to $4,607."
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The Notable Decline of Identity Fraud

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  • Re:Hrm (Score:4, Informative)

    by vlm ( 69642 ) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @11:53AM (#35138518)

    Coincidentally, I don't get offers of free credit in the mail from EVERY bank in the United States anymore either. Wonder if that could have anything to do with it.

    Check your credit report... did you know you now own three trucks in .MX and a condo in Vegas? Seriously one of the best indications of theft is an unanticipated change in your junkmail.

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