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The ID crime files

The ID crime files

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

An estimated 3.6 million US households - around three per cent - fell victim to at least one type of identity theft during a six-month period in 2004, according to this report by the US Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The report, which is based on interviews with 40,000 household residents, found that from July through December 2004 almost half (48%) of households reporting ID theft had experienced unauthorised use of credit cards, while a quarter (25%) had other accounts, such as bank accounts, used without permission.

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