ID THEFT PROTECT - Identity Theft and Identity Fraud
70 per cent of surveyed German employees use the Internet in the office for private purposes. 36 per cent protest: “Sure, everyone’s allowed to do it at our company!”.
(Avira Survey, June 2008)
The most common ways criminals steal consumers' personal data: lost/stolen wallets (33%); "shoulder surfing" while conducting a transaction (23%); "friendly" theft by family members oro others you know (17%); online (12%); and data breaches (7%).
(2008 Identity Theft Survey - Javelin Research)
Income Tax Return Identity Fraud jumped 579 percent, from 3,000 to more than 20,000, between 2002 and 2007. (US)
(Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit, 2008)
Financial identity theft crimes were reported by 78% of the US respondents, 2% reported criminal cases only, and 2% reported governmental issues only.
(ITRC Aftermath report, June 2008)
More than one-half (57%) of the 2007 US sample reported their personal information had been used to open a new line of credit in their name. 13% of all respondents noted their information was used for obtaining new cable and/or utility services.