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Identity Fraud in 2015: 13.1m Fraud Victims but Less Stolen

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In 2015, Javelin found identity fraud victims was 13.1, only 3% higher than last year. But the amount stolen was at its lowest point in the past six years. Identity fraud is a serious issue as fraudsters have stolen $112 billion in the past six years.

That equals $35,600 stolen per minute, or enough to pay for four years of college in just four minutes.

EMV drives a doubling of New-Account fraud. In 2015 the U.S. switched to EMV, which is designed to reduce in-person fraud and the profitability of counterfeit card operations. Fraudsters have reacted by moving away from existing card fraud to focus on new account fraud (opening a new account in a consumer's name without their permission).


Javelin independently researched and analyzed these fraud trends. We want to thank, LifeLock, our sponsor for making this research possible.

More report findings can be found at: https://www.javelinstrategy.com/coverage-area/2016-identity-fraud-fraud-hits-inflection-point

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