- 1.26 million Americans notified of a data breach involving their Social Security numbers were victimized by identity fraud.
- 270,000 Americans notified by a data breach on their online banking accounts saw fraudulent activity on their checking and savings accounts.
- 324,000 Americans contacted over a data breach involving their regular checking accounts were victimized by checking and/or savings account fraud.
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- So you got an email, text or phone call from your bank or credit card provider that includes the words "data breach." If those words don't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, they should. Once you hear the term, there is a good chance the words you hear next will be "identity theft." So says a report from Javelin Research, which estimates that a quarter of all data breaches related to credit and debit cards lead directly to I.D. theft. That means that of 16 million Americans warned that their credit or debit card had been compromised, about 4.4 million wound up losing money and fighting the ghosts that come part and parcel with ID theft.