Top Five Types of Identity Theft, 2018 (1)


Type of identity theft Number of reports Percent of total top five
Credit card fraud—new accounts 130,928 40.5%
Miscellaneous identity theft (2) 87,765 27.1
Tax fraud 38,967 12.0
Mobile telephone—new accounts 33,466 10.3
Credit card fraud—existing accounts 32,329 10.0
Total, top five 323,455 100.0%
(1) Consumers can report multiple types of identity theft. In 2018, 17 percent of identity theft reports included more than one type of identity theft. (2) Includes online shopping and payment account fraud, email and social media fraud, and medical services, insurance and securities account fraud, and other identity theft. Source: Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Sentinel Network.