Types of Identity Theft


Using another’s information/identity in order to obtain credit, goods, or services.


Using another’s information/identity when apprehended for a crime;i.e.,a person stopped by law enforcement supplies another person’s name.


Supplying another’s information to a government agency;e.g.,giving another person’s information to the IRS.


Receiving medical care or drugs using another person’s information or identity.


  • Increased prevalence of ID theft crimes: 9.6 million new victims in 2010
  • Time spent working to resolve the financial and credit problems by the victim
    •  20% of surveyed victims spent more than a month from the discovery of the ID theft trying to clear up the problems.
  • Ongoing victimization
    • 3% of victims surveyed in the 2008 Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime victimization Survey reported experiencing problems related to the theft more than 6 months after discovering it.
  • Child identity theft a growing problem, especially among foster children
  • Interfamilial/caregiver ID theft among elderly populations
  • Lack of social support
    • Victim may suffer related mental distress w/out support
    • Victim may need assistance with paperwork requirements (e.g., sending in all documents by certified mail), but may not have anyone available to assist him
  • Financial losses (62% of ID theft victims reported direct or indirect financial losses). 
    • No restitution under Idaho law
  • 2 out of 10 ID theft victims rated the experience as “severely distressing”
  • Not understanding their rights as victims in the criminal proceedings
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