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Identity Theft Has Bigger Impact on Women

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It turns out that women are hit harder than men by identity theft, according to an Affinion Security Center survey of 808 U.S. households, half of whom had been victims of identity fraud.

The survey found that almost twice as many female victims as male victims experienced unreimbursed losses of $1,000 or more. Women were less likely to report losses, and it took them longer to restore their identities.

The survey also found that women change their behaviors more dramatically after having their identity stolen, with 19% reporting shopping online less often (compared with 13% of men), and 7% saying they refused to shop online at all after the theft. Four times as many women as men who had experienced ID theft in the past said they now keep all of their information locked in a safe.

Source: Affinion Security Center


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