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By Jayleen R. Heft,
Americans are significantly more likelytosaytheirhouseholdshave been victimized by credit card
information theft than to say they were
victims of any of the other crimes Gallup
measured in its 2016 Crime survey.
More than 1 in 4 ( 27 percent) now say
they or someone in their household had information stolen from a credit card used in
a store, up from a dip to 22 percent in 2015.
Overall, 38 percent of Americans say
they worry frequently about having their
credit card information stolen, the highest
percentage for any of the 14 crimes Gallup
asked about. The only other crimes which
at least a third of Americans say they worry
about frequently involve computer hacking:
• 35 percent worry frequently about having their email, passwords or electronic
records hacked into.
• 33 percent worry frequently about being a victim of identity theft.
• 18 percent worry frequently about having
their car broken into or stolen — the crime
most often mentioned by respondents that
didn’t involve computer hacking.
The increase in reports of credit card
information theft comes at a time when
credit card companies are replacing mag-netic-stripe credit cards as a way to protect
information from hackers. At this point,
the changes taking place in the United
States have neither alleviated the fears of
consumers that their credit card information will be stolen, nor reduced the percentage of Americans saying their households have been victimized, Gallup found.
High earners, ages 35-54
Theft of credit card information is the
crime most Americans have in common,
but it’s much more of a problem for high
earners and those aged 35 to 54. Part of
the reason for the discrepancy between
high and low earners is that those in
higher income brackets are much more
likely to have credit cards.
Results for this Gallup poll are based
on telephone interviews conducted Oct.
5-9, 2016, with a random sample of 1,017
adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50
U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
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