SAVINGS, INVESTMENT & DEBT OWNERSHIP 
CONSUMER FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT

The Consumer Sentinel database, maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), contains more than one million consumer fraud and identity theft complaints that have been filed with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and private organizations.
IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD COMPLAINTS, 2003-2005 (1)



(1) Percentages are based on the total number of identity theft and fraud complaints by calendar year. These figures exclude "Do Not Call" registry complaints.

Source: Federal Trade Commission.


HOW VICTIMS' INFORMATION IS MISUSED, 2005 (1)



Credit card fraud26%
Other identity theft25
Phone or utilities fraud18
Bank fraud (2)17
Employment-related fraud12
Government documents or benefits fraud9
Attempted identity theft6
Loan fraud5

(1) Percentages are based on the total number of complaints in the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse (255,565 in 2005). Percentages total to more than 100 because some victims reported experiencing more than one type of identity theft (20% in 2005).
(2) Includes fraud involving checking and savings accounts and electronic fund transfer.

Source: Federal Trade Commission.

IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS BY STATE, 2005









Alabama58.72,67531Montana42.539844
Alaska63.442126Nebraska52.391937
Arizona156.99,3201Nevada130.23,1442
Arkansas58.21,61733New Hampshire49.264541
California125.045,1753New Jersey75.56,58214
Colorado97.24,5355New Mexico84.71,63412
Connecticut65.92,31323New York90.317,3878
Delaware69.158316North Carolina67.15,83021
Florida95.817,0486North Dakota24.815850
Georgia87.37,9189Ohio62.47,15529
Hawaii63.581025Oklahoma67.72,40318
Idaho52.174538Oregon81.72,97313
Illinois87.311,13710Pennsylvania63.67,90824
Indiana67.04,20122Rhode Island58.262634
Iowa36.71,09047South Carolina56.82,41636
Kansas58.51,60632South Dakota30.023349
Kentucky43.51,81543Tennessee57.23,41235
Louisiana62.62,83127Texas116.526,6244
Maine37.249146Utah67.51,66820
Maryland86.64,84811Vermont32.320148
Massachusetts62.53,99928Virginia68.25,16317
Michigan70.57,13915Washington92.45,8107
Minnesota58.73,01530West Virginia37.367745
Mississippi49.91,45840Wisconsin50.32,78239
Missouri67.63,92019Wyoming44.022442

(1) Population estimates are based on the 2005 U.S. Census population estimates.
(2) The District of Columbia had 152.9 victims per 100,000 population and 842 victims.

Source: Federal Trade Commission.