GaMillions of ID Theft Victims

Victims of identity theft numbered an estimated 3.6 million in 2004, according to a new report by the Justice Department.

Earlier studies by the Federal Trade Commission estimated 9.3 million such victims in 2004 and 10.1 million in 2003.

The Justice Department said the different results could be attributed to different data collection methods, time considered and counting methods.

The disparity of seven million lead the AP to headline the story, “Government Report Finds Fewer ID Theft Victims.”

[via AP Newswire] (Thanks to Andrew!)

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  1. airship says:

    That headline is misleading as hell. It’s like having one report saying there were 100 people killed in a raid, then a later report correcting that to 50, and having the headline read “50 Victims Resurrected”. Combine this item with recent reports of major news outlets stealing new stories verbatim from weblogs, and you get the laziest generation of journalists ever.

  2. Andrew W says:

    What a craptastic method for counting instances of identity theft. A random sample of 36,000 people? Sure, that’d be fine if identity theft was spread out through the population. But there’s a big chance those 36,000 people won’t reflect identity theft in bulk, like personal information being delivered to convenience stores (Boston Globe/Worcester Telegram), left in an airplane seat (McAfee/Deloitte), or janked off a card swiper (box stores/Citibank).

  3. GayMillions? :)

  4. Transuranic says:

    And why does the Evildoer in the identity theft ads always look like GenXCub’s boyfriend?

  5. OkiMike says:

    If a journalist steals a weblog story for his own lazy ass, isn’t that technically ID theft?

    Seems to me the numbers should be a lot higher.