Top Five Types of Identity Theft, 2021 (1)


Type of identity theft Number of reports Percent of total top five
Government benefits applied for/received 385,264 31.0%
Credit card fraud—new accounts 363,092 29.2
Miscellaneous identity theft (2) 300,244 24.1
Business/personal loan 105,711 8.5
Tax fraud 89,649 7.2
Total, top five 1,243,960 100.0%
(1) Consumers can report multiple types of identity theft. In 2021, 14 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.