National and State Trends in Fraud & Identity Theft: January December 2004, Federal Trade Commission [FTC], February 1, 2005 [reporting that the number of complaints about identity theft increased 15 percent from the previous year, and represent about 40 percent of all complaints received by the FTC]. Excerpt:
Between January and December 2004, Consumer Sentinel, the complaint database developed and maintained by the FTC, received over 635,000 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints. Consumers reported losses from fraud of more than $547 million. The reports in this booklet analyze those complaints.Read the full text of the report here [PDF]. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.