HOW VICTIMS' INFORMATION IS MISUSED, 2011 (1)
Type of identity theft fraud Percent
Government documents or benefits fraud 27%
Credit card fraud 14
Phone or utilities fraud 13
Bank fraud (2) 9
Employment-related fraud 8
Attempted identity theft 7
Loan fraud 3
Other identity theft 23

(1) Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network (279,156 in 2011). Percentages total to more than 100 because some victims reported experiencing more than one type of identity theft (13% in 2011).   
(2) Includes fraud involving checking and savings accounts and electronic fund transfers.
   
Source: Federal Trade Commission.