A recent survey estimated that last year identity theft affected over 13.1 million Americans. That would equate to a new victim of fraud every two seconds. This is the second highest number of estimated victims in one year and can be attributed to a spike in the number of existing card fraud cases. The estimated fraud amount increased to over $18 billion in damages last year.
Javelin Strategy and Research, the primary source for research on identity theft statistics, recently published their 2013 report stating that there were over a million more victims of identity theft in 2012 than in 2011. This means that 12.6 million Americans in the U.S. became victims last year, resulting in more than $21,000,000,000 in damages.