Top Five Types of Identity Theft, 2019 (1)


Type of identity theft Number of reports Percent of total top five
Credit card fraud—new accounts 246,763 45.7%
Miscellaneous identity theft (2) 166,875 30.9
Mobile telephone—new accounts 44,208 8.2
Business or personal loan 43,919 8.1
Auto loan or lease 38,561 7.1
Total, top five 540,326 100.0%
(1) Consumers can report multiple types of identity theft. In 2019, 18 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.