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Identity Theft Quiz

What's Your ID Theft IQ?
Test your knowledge of identity theft by taking this short quiz.
Question 1 of 10
How many new victims of identity theft were there in the U.S. in 2009?





Correct! There were approximately 11.1 million new identity theft victims in the U.S. in 2009.

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Think big. There were approximately 11.1 million new identity theft victims in the U.S. in 2009.

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Question 2 of 10
On average, how often does a new person fall victim to identity theft?





Correct! A new person falls victim to identity theft every 2.8 seconds.

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Think fast. A new person falls victim to identity theft every 2.8 seconds.

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Question 3 of 10
What is the most common way for an identity thief to take over your bank account?





Correct! While identity thieves rely on all of these methods, adding their name to your account is the most common way to take control of it.

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It's a sneaky game. While identity thieves rely on all of these methods, adding their name to your account is the most common way to take control of it.

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Question 4 of 10
Which is the most common way people fall victim to identity theft?





Correct! Although this only accounts for 18% of all occurrences.

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Close, but loss or theft of wallets, checkbooks and personal documents are the most common means, although this still only accounts for 18% of all identity theft occurrences.

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Question 5 of 10
Which of the following methods of identity theft often results in the largest financial loss for the victim?





Correct! Viruses, spyware, hacking and phishing schemes often result in the highest financial loss to the victim.

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Your answer does not compute. While all forms of identity fraud have the potential to be very damaging financially, the biggest losses are often the result of computer schemes like phishing and spyware.

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Question 6 of 10
What is the average length of time a person spends trying to resolve a case of identity fraud?





Correct! An identity theft victim spends an average of 21 hours resolving their case. Of course, more damaging and complicated cases can take hundreds of hours to resolve.

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Not this time. An identity theft victim spends an average of 21 hours resolving their case. Of course, more damaging and complicated cases can take hundreds of hours to resolve.

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Question 7 of 10
True or False. A thief can pose as a bank, employer or landlord to obtain your vital stats directly from a credit bureau.



Correct! A skilled thief can con a credit bureau into turning your personal information over to them.

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Sad but true. A skilled thief can con a credit bureau into turning your personal information over to them.

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Question 8 of 10
1 out of every ____ Americans was a victim of ID fraud in 2009.





Correct! 1 out of every 21 Americans fell victim to ID fraud in 2009.

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Sometimes less is more. 1 out of every 21 Americans fell victim to ID fraud in 2009.

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Question 9 of 10
Which of the three main types of identity fraud is the most prevalent?




Correct! Existing Card Account Fraud constitutes more than half of all identity fraud incidents. However, the monetary loss for each incident of Existing Card Account Fraud is typically only half that of the other two main types of fraud.

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Actually, Existing Card Account Fraud constitutes more than half of all identity fraud incidents. However, the monetary loss for each incident of Existing Card Account Fraud is typically only half that of the other two main types of fraud.

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Question 10 of 10
What is the average length of time it takes a consumer to self-detect that they are a victim of identity theft.





Correct! The average time it takes for consumers to detect that their identity has been compromised is 51 days. However, a thief misuses your information an average of 71 days before moving on.

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Time is money. The average time it takes for consumers to detect that their identity has been compromised is 51 days. However, a thief misuses your information an average of 71 days before moving on.

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