In 2012, the total losses resulting from account takeover and new account fraud each rose by approximately 50% over the previous year.
The threat of identity theft this tax season leaves consumers with more to worry about than whether or not a tax return is in the mail.
Last week, a Javelin Strategy & Research report found 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the United States in the past year, which equates to 1 victim every 3 seconds.
In 2012 identity fraud incidents increased by more than one million victims and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion, the highest amount since 2009, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
More than 11.6 million adults were victims of identity theft in 2011, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.