17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014, according to a government report released Sunday.
Eighty-six percent of the victims were targets of credit card and bank account fraud. An estimated 8.6 million victims had their credit card accounts stolen, 8.1 million victims had bank accounts meddled with. Another 1.5 million experience other varying types of identity theft, including telephone and insurance fraud.
Two-thirds of victims suffered direct financial losses. Fourteen percent lost $1,000 or more.