2021 Consumer Aftermath® Report: How Identity Crimes Impact Victims, their Families, Friends and Workplaces
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Identity Theft Resource Center 2021
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About the ITRC Aftermath Study
Since 2003, the ITRC has periodically surveyed the identity crime victims who have contacted the Center to gauge the impact of identity compromises on individuals. Numerous studies by government agencies and private organizations focus on the financial impacts of identity-related crimes, but the primary purpose of the ITRC Aftermath report is to determine the emotional and practical effects on the day-to-day lives of victims.
In 2019 and 2020, before the global pandemic took hold, the ITRC contacted victims who had sought help in 2018, 2019, and early 2020 before the pandemic. In March 2021, we specifically contacted victims who reported instances of pandemic-related identity fraud between February and December 2020. As a result, this report is based on responses from 427 individual victims of identity crimes out of the 5,571 victims we offered the opportunity to participate. The result is an overall margin of error of +/- 4.56% with a confidence rate of 95%.
Our 2021 victim impact study captures the emotional, physical, and lost opportunities of identity crime victimization, including a new study on the additional challenges created by the fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.