"This data brief presents data on identity theft victimization from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). It primarily focuses on changes in the nature of identity theft victimization and the characteristics of households with at least one member who was a victim from 2005 to 2010. Annual estimates for 2008 are not included because only 6 months of household identity theft data were collected that year. Identity theft is defined as the unauthorized use or attempted misuse of an existing credit card or other existing account, the misuse of personal information to open a new account or for another fraudulent purpose, or a combination of these types of misuse."
National Criminal Justice 236245; NCJ 236245
United States Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/