Significant increase

Panteia carried out the monitor for the third time and saw a considerable increase compared to the last measurement in 2015, when the percentage was still 3.4%. In 2014, the percentage was 2.1 percent. In the event of unwanted doubles, for example, people try to make a financial profit or to thwart someone.

Online traffic

Identity fraud occurs mainly online, where people sometimes find it difficult to find out whether the person with whom business is done is actually the person they claim to be, write the researchers. A quarter of the victims claim to have suffered financial damage, with damages ranging from a few euros to thousands of euros. The greater part, some 59 percent, was eventually compensated for the damage suffered.

Intimidation and libel

Identity fraud also occurs as a form of bullying, for example through harassment or defamation. A quarter of all victims indicated that the emotional burden was very high. A closer look at these cases shows that identity fraud can take ominous forms, people feel damaged in their integrity and regularly have to deal with an elusive perpetrator with unclear motives, writes Panteia.

Some 84% of the victims say that abuse of their fake identity has now been resolved. This took an average of 22 days, which is a few days shorter than in 2015 on average.