How Victims' Information Is Misused, 2016 (1)


Type of identity theft fraud Percent
Employment or tax-related fraud 34.0%
     Tax fraud 29.2
Credit card fraud 32.7
     New accounts 25.6
Other identity theft 16.0
Phone or utilities fraud 13.1
Bank fraud (2) 11.8
Loan or lease fraud 6.8
Government documents or benefits fraud 6.6
(1) Percentages are based on the total number of identity theft complaints in the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network (399,225 in 2016). Percentages total to more than 100 because some victims reported experiencing more than one type of identity theft. (2) Includes fraud involving checking, savings, and other deposit accounts and debit cards and electronic fund transfers. Source: Federal Trade Commission.