Identity Theft and Fraud Victimization: What We Know About Identity Theft and Fraud Victims from Research- and Practice-Based Evidence   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Millions of people in the United States fall victim to identity theft, identity fraud, and other types of fraud each year, knowingly or unknowingly.1 Victims of fraud can experience more than severe financial consequences; their victimization experiences can include legal complications, damaged relationships, physical health problems, and trauma responses similar to those of victims of violent crime. Further, fraud often overlaps with other victimization experiences--including child exploitation and domestic violence--making the understanding of these crimes important to victims and service providers of all types. Understanding the varied needs of fraud victims is an important step in improving practitioners' responses to them. Despite the multitude of negative harms that fraud can cause, evidence on how best to serve identity fraud and other fraud victims is limited, as few research studies have examined which responses are most effective in remediating harms and preventing revictimization. However, the field's knowledge of and ability to respond to victims of fraud is growing."

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