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Re: A couple or advanced references...
On Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:27:52 GMT "Paul Ferguson" <[email protected]> wrote: > And thirdly is a figure that some folks may already be aware of; the > fact that identity theft was the number one source of consumer > fraud complaints submitted to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission > in 2007. > > According to the agency's yearly report on fraud complaints for > 2007, of 813,899 total complaints received in 2007, 258,427, or > 32 percent, were related to identity theft: > > http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/02/fraud.pdf > > According to the FTC, total consumer fraud losses totaled $1.2 > billion, with the average monetary loss for an individual at > $349. > > Credit card fraud was the most common form of reported identity > theft at 23 percent, followed by utilities fraud at 18 percent, > employment fraud at 14 percent, and bank fraud at 13 percent. > Right, but that may or may not have anything to do with the Internet; see http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/11/identity_theft_6.html (among many others). --Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb