40% Americans think that identity theft is most likely to happen to Internet users

Identity Theft Resource Center and Fellowes, Inc. found that 81% of Americans are aware that identity theft can happen at any time and 65% are using tools to protect themselves. Consistent misperceptions about identity theft crimes and victims cause 50% of Americans to feel vulnerable. The biggest misperception is that Americans believe technology makes them more vulnerable to identity fraud, as nearly 40% of respondents said identity theft is most likely to occur through online exchanges. In reality, online exchanges only represent 9% of the crime, whereas the majority of identity fraud occurs through paper documents and stolen information