Top reason for identity theft: stolen wallet

Exactly 15% of US consumers have been victims of identity theft, and 33% know a family or friend who has been, according to a new survey from InsightExpress. A full 85% of respondents are concerned that identity theft could happen to them. Most fear their identities could be taken through a stolen wallet, and large percentages fear theft through the Internet or stolen mail. Overall, 37% felt online purchasing poses the greatest threat, followed by telephone purchases (34%) and in-person purchases (10%).